Quince Wine List Review

Quince

470 Pacific Avenue (b/w Osgood Pl & Montgomery St)

San Francisco, CA 94133

P: 415.775.8500

http://quince.com

Quince Wine List Review

At VinoServant we talk about “Special Occasion Wines”, and Quince falls under the category of “Special Occasion Restaurant.”  The wine list is made up of 600+ wines with the majority hailing from Italy (199 – 24 whites and 175 reds) and France (198 – 92 whites and 106 reds). Given the size of this wine list, and the fact that you can drink wines from the United States (154 – 25 whites and 129 reds) at numerous other restaurants, we are going to focus this review on the best values from Italy and France. The great news is that the list has a number of bottles under $80, and that is rare for a restaurant with the pedigree of Quince.

As with all VinoServant reviews, you will see the price at the restaurant followed by the mark-up over retail and if applicable, a rating from one of the publications listed below (Doyard, Cuvée Vendémiaire, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Vertus | $85 | 1.9x | WS 92 | TP). Mark up of 1.9x translates into a retail price of $43 a bottle, Wine Spectator rated this wine 92 points and it is one of our Top Picks at Quince.

Burghound – BH | James Suckling – JS | International Wine Cellar – IWC | VinoServant’s Top Picks – TP | Wine Advocate – WA | Wine Enthuisiast – WE | Wine Spectator – WS

 

Top 30 Wines Under $75 a Bottle

 

Sparkling Wines

Maison Ambroise, Cremant De Bourgogne Brut, Burgundy, Non-Vintage | $55 | 2.5x

Chateau De Breze, Cremant De Loire, Brut, Loire Valley, Non-Vintage | $55 | 2.5x

 

White Wines

Friuli

2009 Bastianich, Lalvasia Istriana, Adriatico, Croatia | $45 | 2.5x | WS 87

2009 Schiopetto, Collio Friulano, Fruili | $60 | 2.2x | JS 93

 

Alto Adige & Other

2010 Koefererhot Sylvaner, Valle Isarco, Alto Adige | $60 | 2.5x | IWC 92

2010 Bio Vio, Riviera Ligure Di Ponente Pigato, Liquria | $45 | 1.9x

 

Burgundy, Loire Valley & Rhone

2009 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot, Bourgogne Blanc | $55 | 2.0x

2009 Domaine St-Nicolas, Fiefs Vendeens, Les Clous | $50 | 2.5x | WS 90 & WA 90

2009 Domaine du Closel, Savennières, La Jalousie | $50 | 2.5x | WA 87

2010 Eric Texier, Rousanne, Brezeme, Cotes-du-Rhone | $55 | 2.0x

 

Red Wines

Langhe & Alta Piemonte

2008 Brovia, Barbera D’Alba, Sori Del Drago | $50 | 2.0x | WA 90

2007 Sella, Coste Della Sesia, Casteltorto | $50 | 2.0x

 

Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto

2008 Inama Carmenere Piu, Veneto | $45 | 2.4x | WS 88

2008 Cantina Di Bolzano, Santa Magdalena, Lagrein Perl, Alto Adige | $50 | 2.3x | WA 88

2007 Terlano, Lagrein Gries, Alto Adige | $60 | 2.0x

 

Emilia-Romagna & Marche

2008 Ca’Montanari, Opera 02, Emilia | $40 | 2.1X | WA 88

2006 Selvagrossa, Trimpilin | $50 | 2.4x | WA 89

 

Chianti Classico & Traditional Tuscan

2007 Casaloste, Chianti Classico | $45 | 2.1x | WS 90

2004 Pratesi, Carmignano | $45 | 1.8x | WS 86

2008 San Giusto A Rentenno, Chianti Classico | $54 | 2.2x | WA 88

2006 Podere Ciona, Riserva, Chianti Classico | $60 | 2.2x | WE 91

2007 Sassotondo, Maremma Toscana, Ciliegiolo, San Lorenzo | $60 | 1.2x | WA 88

 

Burgundy & Bordeaux

2008 Patrice Rion, Cotes de Nuits Villages | $60 | 2.1x

2007 Domaine Rollin, Pernand-Vergelesses | $65 | 2.2x

2005 Chateau L’Embrun, Blaye | $45 | 2.4x

2006 Chateau de Sales, Pomerol | $60 | 2.1x | WS 87

 

Rhone Valley, Provenance & Languedoc – Roussillon

2009 Georges Vernay, Collines Rhodaniennes, De Mirbaudie, Syrah | $50 | 2.0x | WS 89

2007 Jean-Louis Chave Selection, St. Joseph, Offerus | $60 | 2.0x | WS 89

2009 Domaine De Fondreche, Cotes Du Ventoux, Cuvee Nadal | $60 | 2.3x | WA 92

2003 Chateau Des Tours, Vacqueyras, Reserve | $70 | 2.2x | WS 89

2008 Clot De L’Oum, Cotes Du Roussillon Villages, Saint Bart | $70 | 1.9x | WA 91

 

Top 20 Wines Over $75 a Bottle

 

Sparkling Wines

Doyard, Cuvée Vendémiaire, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Vertus, NV | $85 | 1.9x | WS 92

 

White Wines

Chablis, Burgundy & Alsace

2006 J&S Dauvissat, Chablis, Premier Cru, Vaillons, Vieilles Vignes | $85 | 2.0x | WA 92

2007 Pierre-Yves Colin – Morey, Premier Cru, St-Aubin, Champlots | $90 | 1.8x | WS 91

2009 Albert Mann, Furstentum, Grand Cru, Pinot Gris | $75 | 2.2x | WS 92

 

Red Wines

Alta Piemonte, Barbaresco & Barolo

2004 Antoniolo Gattinara, Le Castelle | $90 | 2.0x | WA 93

2005 Cascina Bruciata, Rio Sordo, Barbaresco | $95 | 1.7x

2005 Sottimano, Cotta, Barbaresco | $130 | 1.9x | WA 93

2004 Luigi Baudana, Baudana, Barolo | $100 | 1.7x | WA 88 & WS 92

2000 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo | $225 | BELOW RETAIL | WA 96

 

Burgundy & Bordeaux

2006 Thibault Liger-Belair, Premier Cru, Nuits St. Georges, Les St. Georges | $135 | 1.9x | WS 93

2004 Georges Roumier, Premier Cru, Morey-St-Denis, Clos De La Bussiere | $165 | 1.9x | WS 89

2005 Denis Mortet, Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Champeaux | $375 | 1.4x | WS 93

2005 DRC, Grand Cru, Romanee-St-Vivant, Marey-Monge | $1,975 | 1.3x | WA 96 to 97

2000 Chateau Deyrem-Valentin, Margaux | $110 | 2.2x

1982 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild | $4,795 | 1.1x | WA 97+

 

Rhone Valley, Provenance & Languedoc – Roussillon

2008 Domaine De La Janasse, Chateauneuf-du-Pape | $90 | 2.4x | WA 89 to 91

2007 Mas De Daumas, Gassac, Vin De Pays, De L’Herault, | $95 | 2.1x | WA 86 to 87

2006 Francois Villard, Cote-Rotie, Le Gallet Blanc | $125 | 1.7x | WS 92

VINOSERVANT’S BEST WINE VALUES AT QUINCE

Sparkling Wines

38 selections

 

Maison Ambroise, Cremant De Bourgogne Brut, Burgundy, Non-Vintage | $55 | 2.5x

Chateau De Breze, Cremant De Loire, Brut, Loire Valley, Non-Vintage | $55 | 2.5x

Doyard, Cuvée Vendémiaire, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Vertus, NV | $85 | 1.9x | WS 92 | TP

Charles Ellner, Brut Rose, Epernay, Non-Vintage | $95 | 2.3x | WA 88

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Non-Vintage | $100 | 2.2x | WS 91

Barnaut, Grande Réserve, Grand Cru, Bouzy, Non-Vintage | $110 | 2.4x | WS 87

Diebolt-Vallois, Brut Prestige, Blanc de Blancs, Cramant | $115 | 2.3x | WS 93

2004 Agrapart, Mineral, Extra-Brut, Avize | $125 | 2.5x | WA 93

Roger Coulon, Esprit de Vrigny, Brut Nature, Vrigny, Non-Vintage | $155 | 2.1x | TP

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Non-Vintage | $165 | 2.3x | WS 92

1999 Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Le Mesnil, Mesnil-Sur-Oger | $175 | 2.0x | WS 90 | TP

1999 Deutz, Amour de Deutz, Brut Millesimé, Ay | $240 | 1.3x | IWC 93 | TP

 

White Wines

174 selections

 

Friuli – Venezia, Giulia & Slovenia

2009 Bastianich, Lalvasia Istriana, Adriatico, Croatia | $45 | 2.5x | WS 87

2009 Schiopetto, Collio Friulano, Fruili | $60 | 2.2x | JS 93 | TP

2009 Vie Di Romans, Flors Di Uis, Friuli | $75 | 2.1x

 

Trentino, Alto Adige & Veneto

2010 Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio | $55 | 2.3x

2010 Koefererhot Sylvaner, Valle Isarco, Alto Adige | $60 | 2.5x | IWC 92

 

Other Italy

2010 Bio Vio, Riviera Ligure Di Ponente Pigato, Liquria | $45 | 1.9x | TP

2008 Campogrande, Cinque Terre, Linguria | $160 | BELOW RETAIL | TP

 

Chablis

2006 J&S Dauvissat, Chablis, Premier Cru, Vaillons, Vieilles Vignes | $85 | 2.0x | WA 92

 

Burgundy: Cote d’Or

2009 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot, Bourgogne Blanc | $55 | 2.0x

2008 Domaine Marc Roy, Marsannay, Le Champs Perdrix | $65 | 2.2x

2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Saint Aubin, Le Blanc | $70 | 2.0x

2007 Domaine Rollin, Pernand Vergelesse | $75 | 1.8x | TP

2009 Lucien Le Moine, Bourgogne Blanc | $90 | 2.4x

2007 Pierre-Yves Colin – Morey, Premier Cru, St-Aubin, Champlots | $90 | 1.8x | WS 91 | TP

2008 Ramonet, Batard-Montrachet | $365 | 1.3x | WS 96 | TP

 

Loire Valley & Bordeaux

2009 Domaine Des Huards, Cour-Cheverny | $40 | 2.5x | IWC 91

2009 Chateau Respide-Medeville, Graves, Blanc | $45 | 2.2x

2009 Domaine St-Nicolas, Fiefs Vendeens, Les Clous | $50 | 2.5x | WS 90 & WA 90 | TP

2009 Domaine du Closel, Savennières, La Jalousie | $50 | 2.5x | WA 87 | TP

2009 Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet Sèrve et Maine, Granite de Clisson | $55 | 2.5x

2009 Francois Chidaine, Montlouis-Sur-Loire, Clos Habert | $60 | 2.5x | WA 91

2010 Roland Tissier et Fils, Sancerre | $60 | 2.0x | TOP PICK

2010 Gérard Boulay, Chavignol, Clos de Beaujeu, Sancerre | $85 | 2.4x

 

Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon & Provenance

2009 Clos du Caillou, Bouquet des Garrigues, Cotes-du-Rhone | $50 | 2.5x

2010 Eric Texier, Rousanne, Brezeme, Cotes-du-Rhone | $55 | 2.0x  | TP

2009 Francois Villard, Fruit d’ Avilleran, Saint Joseph Blanc | $75 | 2.0x | TP

 

Alsace, Jura & Southwest

2009 Albert Mann, Furstentum, Grand Cru, Pinot Gris | $75 | 2.2x | WS 92 | TP

 

Red Wines

433 selections

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Langhe

2008 Brovia, Barbera D’Alba, Sori Del Drago | $50 | 2.0x | WA 90 | TP

2008 Castello di Verduno, Basadone (100% Pelaverga) | $50 | 2.0x

2006 Filippo Gallino, Barbera D’Alba Superiore | $60 | 2.0x

2006 Forteto Della Luja, Monferrato Rosso, Le Grive | $60 | 1.8x

2007 Brovia, Nebbiola d’Alba, Valmaggione | $70 | 2.3x

2008 Giacomo Conterno, Barbera D’Alba, Cerretta | $100 | 2.2x | WS 92

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Alta Piemonte

2007 Sella, Coste Della Sesia, Casteltorto | $50 | 2.0x | TP

2004 Antoniolo Gattinara, Le Castelle | $90 | 2.0x | WA 93 | TP

2005 Le Piane Boca | $105 | 1.7x | TP

2005 Luigi Ferrando, Carema, Ettichetta Nera | $135 | 2.2x

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Barbaresco

2004 Angelo Negro, Basarin, Barbaresco | $90 | 2.2x

2005 Cascina Bruciata, Rio Sordo, Barbaresco | $95 | 1.7x | TP

2004 Ca’ del Baio, Valgrande, Barbaresco | $105 | 2.3x | WA 90

2004 Cascina, Morassino, Ovello, Barbaresco | $115 | 2.3x | WA 91

2005 Sottimano, Cotta, Barbaresco | $130 | 1.9x | WA 93 | TP

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Barolo

2005 Boroli Fratelli, Barolo | $90 | 2.4x | WA 92

2004 Luigi Baudana, Baudana, Barolo | $100 | 1.7x | WA 88 & WS 92 | TP

2005 Giuliano Corino, Arborina, Barolo | $110 | 2.1x | WS 93

2004 Elvio Cogno, Vigna Elena, Barolo | $180 | 2.1x | WA 94

2005 Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo | $185 | 1.8x | WA 95 | TP

2004 Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo | $215 | 1.9x | WA 95

2000 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo | $225 | BELOW RETAIL | WA 96 | TP

2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo | $245 | 1.6x | WA 93 | TP

1999 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo | $265 | 1.8x | WA 93

 

Italian Red Wine: Valle D’Aosta, Liguria, Lombardy

2007 Valtellina Rainoldi, Saddella, Lombardy, Nebbiolo | $50 | 2.4x

 

Italian Red Wine: Trentino Alto-Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto

2008 Inama Carmenere Piu, Veneto | $45 | 2.4x | WS 88 | TP

2008 Cantina Di Bolzano, Santa Magdalena, Lagrein Perl, Alto Adige | $50 | 2.3x | WA 88 | TP

2009 Corte Sant’Alda, Valpolicella, Ca’Fiui, Veneto | $50 | 2.3x

2007 Accordini, Valpolicella Ripasso, Acinatico, Veneto | $55 | 2.3x

2007 Terlano, Lagrein Gries, Alto Adige | $60 | 2.0x | TP

2007 Franz Gojer, St – Magdalener, Rondell | $70 | 2.2x

2006 Bastianich, Calabrone, Fruili-Venezia Giulia | $140 | 1.9x

 

Italian Red Wine: Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Marche

2008 Ca’Montanari, Opera 02, Emilia | $40 | 2.1X | WA 88 | TP

2006 Selvagrossa, Trimpilin | $50 | 2.4x | WA 89

2007 Lanari, Rosso Conero, Fibbio | $90 | 2.0x | WA 92

2007 Milziade Antano, Sagrantino di Montefalco, Colle Allodole | $105 | 1.7x | WA 94 | TP

2004 Le Terrazze Planet Waves | $105 | 2.3x | WA 91

 

Italian Red Wine: Chianti Classico & Traditional Tuscan

2007 Casaloste, Chianti Classico | $45 | 2.1x | WS 90 | TP

2004 Pratesi, Carmignano | $45 | 1.8x | WS 86 | TP

2008 San Giusto A Rentenno, Chianti Classico | $54 | 2.2x | WA 88 | TP

2008 La Sala, Chianti Classico | $55 | 2.3x | WS 86

2008 Monteraponi, Chianti Classico | $55 | 2.4x

2006 Podere Ciona, Riserva, Chianti Classico | $60 | 2.2x | WE 91 | TP

2007 Sassotondo, Maremma Toscana, Ciliegiolo, San Lorenzo | $60 | 1.2x | WA 88 | TP

2006 Montevertine Rosso | $95 | 2.2x | WA 93

2007 IL Borghetto, Bilaccio, Chianti | $115 | 2.3x | WA 92

 

Italian Red Wine: Montalcino

2009 Il Poggione, Rosso di Montalcino | $50 | 2.0x | WA 87 | TOP PICK

2006 Palazzo, Brunello di Montalcino | $150 | 2.2x | WS 95

 

Italian Red Wine: Southern Italian Reds

2007 Foti, Salvo, Etna Rosso, Vinupetra | $125 | 2.2x

2009 Passopisciaro, Etna Rosso, Chiappemacine | $135 | 2.1x | WA 93

2001 Emidio Pepe, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo | $195 | 1.8x | WA 92

 

French Red Wine: Burgundy – Cote D’Or

2008 Patrice Rion, Cotes de Nuits Villages | $60 | 2.1x | TP

2007 Domaine Rollin, Pernand-Vergelesses | $65 | 2.2x

2008 Bruno Clair, Marsannay, Longeroies | $90 | 2.4x | WA 91

2009 Mongeard-Mugneret, Savigny-Les-Beaune | $90 | 2.3x

2008 Jerome Chezeaux, Vosne-Romanee | $105 | 2.4x | WA 89

2009 Domaine De L’Arlot, Nuits St. Georges, Le Petit Arlot | $110 | 2.0x | WA 88 | TP

2007 Marc Roy, Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Prieur | $120 | 1.9x | WS 90 | TP

2001 Robert Arnoux, Nuits St. Georges, Les Poisets | $125 | 2.2x | IWC 89

 

French Red Wine: Burgundy – Premier Cru Cote De Nuits

2006 Thibault Liger-Belair, Nuits St. Georges, Les St. Georges | $135 | 1.9x | WS 93 & IWC 92 | TP

2006 Hudelot-Noellat, Nuits St. Georges, Les Murgers | $160 | 2.2x | WS 90

2004 Georges Roumier, Morey-St-Denis, Clos De La Bussiere | $165 | 1.9x | WS 89 | TP

2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot, Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Fontenys, VV | $240 | 2.2x | WS 90

2005 Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru, Les Champeaux | $375 | 1.4x | WS 93 | TP

 

French Red Wine: Burgundy – Grand Cru

2007 Armand Rousseau, Mazis-Chambertin | $375 | 1.9x | WS 94

2007 Armand Rousseau, Charmes-Chambertin | $375 | 1.8x | WS 94

2007 Joseph Roty, “Charmes-Chambertin, Tres Vieilles Vignes | $395 | 2.0x | WA 94

2006 Joseph Roty, “Charmes-Chambertin, Tres Vieilles Vignes | $450 | 2.1x | WA 93

2009 Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux, Grand Cru | $675 | 1.5x | WA 93 to 95 | TP

2005 DRC, Romanee-St-Vivant, Marey-Monge | $1,975 | 1.3x | WA 96 to 97 | TP

 

French Red Wine: Bordeaux

2005 Chateau L’Embrun, Blaye | $45 | 2.4x

2006 Chateau de Sales, Pomerol | $60 | 2.1x | WS 87 | TP

2007 Chateau Moulin De Tricot, Margaux | $90 | 2.0x

2000 Chateau Deyrem-Valentin, Margaux | $110 | 2.2x

1996 Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan | $375 | 1.9x | WA 94

1982 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild | $4,795 | 1.1x | WA 97+ | TP

 

French Red Wine: Loire Valley & Beaujolais

2009 Dominque Piron, Morgon, Cote Du Py | $45 | 2.4x | WE 92 | TP

2010 Marcel Lapierre, Morgon | $55 | 2.4x

 

French Red Wine: Rhone Valley, Provence & Languedoc – Roussillon

2009 Georges Vernay, Collines Rhodaniennes, De Mirbaudie, Syrah | $50 | 2.0x | WS 89 | TP

2007 Jean-Louis Chave Selection, St. Joseph, Offerus | $60 | 2.0x | WS 89 | TP

2009 Domaine Vallet, St. Jospeh, Meribets | $60 | 2.4x | WS 91

2009 Domaine De Fondreche, Cotes Du Ventoux, Cuvee Nadal | $60 | 2.3x | WA 92 | TP

2003 Chateau Des Tours, Vacqueyras, Reserve | $70 | 2.2x | WS 89 | TP

2008 Clot De L’Oum, Cotes Du Roussillon Villages, Saint Bart | $70 | 1.9x | WA 91 | TP

2008 Michel Stephanie Ogier, Collines Rhodaniennes, La Rosine, Syrah | $75 | 2.3x | WS 90

2009 Andre Perret, St. Joseph | $75 | 2.4x | WA 91

2009 Pierre Gonon, St. Joseph | $80 | 2.3x | IWC 92 to 94

2009 Chateau Fortia, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvee Baron | $80 | 2.4x | WS 91

2008 Domaine De La Janasse, Chateauneuf-du-Pape | $90 | 2.4x | WA 89 to 91

2007 Mas De Daumas, Gassac, Vin De Pays, De L’Herault, | $95 | 2.1x | WA 86 to 87

2007 Clusel-Roch, Cote Rotie | $125 | 2.3x | IWC 90

2006 Bernard Levet, Cote Rotie, La Chavaroche | $125 | 1.7x | IWC 91 to 92 | TP

2006 Francois Villard, Cote-Rotie, Le Gallet Blanc | $125 | 1.7x | WS 92 | TP

 

 

 

Sparkling Wines

38 selections

 

Maison Ambroise, Cremant De Bourgogne Brut, Burgundy

Retail Price: $18 at Wine Exchange & $29 at Wally’s

  • $55 at Quince | 2.5x

 

Description from Wine Exchange: Still one of most interesting non-Champagne bubblies we have come across in the last couple of years, this blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay has all of the attributes of the ‘real thing’.  Made in the Methode Champenoise and disgorged after about two years in the bottle, this wine has all the creamy density and vibrant fizz of Champagne as well as a ripe core of green apple fruit, flowers, citrus, fine bead and creamy mousse.   This Burgundy guy has a nice touch with bubbles.

 

Chateau De Breze, Cremant De Loire, Brut, Loire Valley

Retail Price: $22 at K&L Wines

  • $55 at Quince | 2.5x

 

Description from K&L: This deeply colored bubbly is made from 100% Cabernet Franc, and it’s in a demi-sec style, which means it’s quite fruity but not at all cloyingly sweet. Very fresh and vibrant, this Crement is a great outdoor drink, and is lovely at brunch, with dinner or alongside lighter fruit-based desserts.

 

Doyard, Cuvée Vendémiaire, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Vertus

Retail Price: $43 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $85 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

 

92 points Wine Spectator: This has nice depth, with whole-grain toast, vanilla, coconut and roasted almond aromas and flavors. The citrus undercurrent and vibrant structure drive the flavors to a long, creamy, mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2012. 650 cases made. –BS

 

Charles Ellner, Brut Rose, Epernay, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $48 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $35 at JJ Buckley

  • $95 at Quince | 2.3x

88 points Wine Advocate: The NV Brut Rose is a big, powerful wine loaded with fruit. This is a generous, large-scaled style, although some rough edges remain. The NV Rose is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is Lot LR1074013XRO136. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

 Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $45 at K&L Wines

  • $100 at Quince | 2.2x

91 points Wine Spectator: Aromatic and spicy, with cedar, honey and ginger notes matching a firm structure and lean, intense character. Fine length. Drink now

Barnaut, Grande Réserve, Grand Cru, Bouzy, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $38 at Premier Cru and $43 at K&L Wines

  • $110 at Quince | 2.4x

87 points Wine Spectator: This is a delicate version, offering firm acidity that frames its honey and fresh blossom hints, with a light toasty note. There’s a pretty freshness to this wine, but the finish fades quickly. Drink now. 300 cases imported. –AN

Diebolt-Vallois, Brut Prestige, Blanc de Blancs, Cramant

Retail Price: $50 at Beltramo’s

  • $115 at Quince | 2.3x

93 points Wine Spectator: This tightly knit Champagne brings something more with each sip, and a hint of peach leads first to ripe apple and quince flavors, then papaya, nut, lemon meringue, ginger, licorice and grated coconut notes. This is very focused, with racy acidity and fine texture throughout. Drink now through 2018. 100 cases imported. –AN 

2004 Agrapart, Mineral, Extra-Brut, Avize

Retail Price: $50 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $125 at Quince | 2.5x

93 points Wine Advocate: The 2004 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru L’Avizoise is another explosive, full-bodied wine bursting at the seams with fruit. This, too, shows wonderful shades of dimension in a style that deftly balances exuberance with cool, reserved minerality. Agrapart crafts the Avizoise from two parcels of 50-year-old vines in the lieu-dits of Les Robarts and La Voie d’Epernay. Fermentation took place in 600-liter neutral oak barrels and dosage was 5 grams per liter. Disgorged: January, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

Roger Coulon, Esprit de Vrigny, Brut Nature, Vrigny, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $73 at Wine Up Wine Merchants

  • $155 at Quince | 2.1x | TOP PICK

Tasting Notes from Wine Spectator: A rich leesy nose of red and yellow apples, bread dough, and touch of sherry. The palate, however, is austere with notes of chalk, multi-vitamin, and grapefruit rind.

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $70 at JJ Buckley, Varmax & $75 at Napacabs, Beltramo’s, Wine House,

  • $165 at Quince | 2.3x

92 points Wine Spectator: Bright and elegant, this offers appealing flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry and orange peel that show hints of toasted raisin bread, anise and sweet smoke. Offers a beautiful texture, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2015. –AN

1999 Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Le Mesnil, Mesnil-Sur-Oger

Retail Price: $89 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $175 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Spectator: This creamy Champagne is light-bodied and subtle, blending pastry, baked apple and smoke flavors with just a touch of butterscotch candy in a well-meshed package. Smoke and graphite notes linger on the juicy finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. –AN

1999 Deutz, Amour de Deutz, Brut Millesimé, Ay

Retail Price: $176 Average Price Wine – Searcher, $180 at The Cellar Online & $195 at Wally’s

  • $240 at Quince | 1.3x | TOP PICK

93 points IWC: Deutz 1999 Amour de Deutz Brut Millesime Champagne. Bright gold with a strong, abundant bead. A complex, expansive bouquet displays scents of orange, pear skin, tarragon, sweet butter and chalky minerals, plus a slow-building honeysuckle element. Lush, moderately weighty citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate and are given spine by strong minerality. The finish repeats the orange note and delivers solid mineral- and floral-driven punch. This impressively balanced Champagne is just entering maturity and should hang around for at least another seven to eight years of cellaring.

 

White Wines

174 selections

 

Friuli – Venezia, Giulia & Slovenia

2009 Bastianich, Lalvasia Istriana, Adriatico, Croatia

Retail Price: $18 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $45 at Quince | 2.5x

87 points Wine Spectator: A pretty white, featuring orange blossom, tangerine, apricot and grapefruit zest flavors, all backed by bright, tangy acidity. Light-bodied and refreshing, this is a tasty sipper. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. –AN

2009 Schiopetto, Collio Friulano, Fruili

Retail Price: $24 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $30 at Wally’s

  • $60 at Quince | 2.2x | TOP PICK

93   points James Suckling: What an intense white, with mineral, pear cake and sliced apple character.

Full and very flavorful, with lots of fruit and a balance of acidity. Goes on for minutes. Drink now.

2009 Vie Di Romans, Flors Di Uis, Friuli

Retail Price: $35 at K&L Wines

  • $75 at Quince | 2.1x

Description from K&L: I was able to attend a lunch with all of the 2009 Vie di Romans wines and simply put, I was absolutely stunned and utterly blown away by the quality level of the whole line up. This is a bold statement, but these are easily among the best white wines made anywhere in Italy. The Flors di Uis is a blend of 46% malvasia istriana, 31% friulano and 23% rhein riesling and is almost impossible to describe. It has all the white flower and vanilla bean aromatics of the Malvasia, the wild herbaciousness of the Friulano and the lime skin and peach pit of the Riesling. Add to that the inherent minerality of Friulli and a careful, long maceration and fermentation, and you have a wine that boggles the senses. Just an outrageously delicious wine to pair with lighter to medium fare or just to sip on it’s own and be baffled.

 

Trentino, Alto Adige & Veneto

2010 Alois Lageder, Porer, Pinot Grigio

Retail Price: $24 at Wine.com

  • $55 at Quince | 2.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: Brilliant straw-yellow color. Very perfumed, rich, slightly smoky, uplifted varietal aroma paired with elegant oak spice. Clean, grapey, full-bodied flavor, quite soft and creamy, delicate and with a fresh finish. Remarkably long and spicy on the palate. Under proper storage conditions, this wine may be cellared for 4 to 6 years. Alcohol 13.0%.

2010 Koefererhot Sylvaner, valle Isarco, Alto Adige

Retail Price: $24 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $60 at Quince | 2.5x

92 points IWC: Medium-deep straw-yellow with a green tinge. Passion fruit, papaya and sweet spices on the enticing nose. Big and fat for a sylvaner, but with harmonious acidity providing clarity and cut to the varietally accurate flavors of white stone fruit and herbs. Finishes very long, with building complexity

 

Other Italy

2010 Bio Vio, Riviera Ligure Di Ponente Pigato, Liquria

Retail Price: $20 at The Wine Country & $26 at 67 Wine & Spirits

  • $45 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

Description from 67 Wine: A dry but soft flavor, delicate, with good body, excellent persistence and a pleasant bitterness. Fragrant tones of ripe peach, honey and wild flowers. Vio Giobatta’s ancestors have been growing grapes for other wine producers in the Albenga hinterland for as long as anyone can remember, but in 2000 he decided to make his own wine. The difference here, though, was that he decided to make his production totally organic, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.

2008 Campogrande, Cinque Terre, Linguria

Retail Price: Average Price Wine – Searcher $278

  • $160 at Quince | BELOW RETAIL | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: The colour varies between light gold and straw yellow with subtle golden highlights. The bouquet is persistent and intense, slowly revealing itself with aromas of Mediterranean scrubland and subtle citrus tones. The palate is rich, soft and full, supported by pleasing notes of sapidity and freshness that promise an excellent capacity for evolution. Accompanies fish and seafood, chicken, veal, vegetable pies and cheese.

 

Chablis

2006 J&S Dauvissat, Chablis, Premier Cru, Vaillons, Vieilles Vignes

Retail Price: $43 at Solano Cellars

  • $85 at Quince | 2.0x

92 points Wine Advocate: The Dauvissat 2006 Chablis Vaillons Vieilles Vignes smells intensely and pungently of lime, grapefruit zest, resin, caraway, and toasted hickory nuts. Oily and pungent on the palate, with ripe apricot, nut oils, and a hint of honey joining citrus and herbs, it finishes with superb richness, depth, spicy pungency, and a tactile grip of chalk dust. An excellent candidate for at least 5-7 years’ bottle aging, it had been assembled in larger barrels when I tasted.

 

Burgundy: Cote D’Or

2009 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot, Bourgogne Blanc

Retail Price: $27 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $55 at Quince | 2.0x

Description from Stewards Wine Co.: The Bachelet boys own 1.3 hectares of Bourgogne in Puligny (30 feet from the edge of the AOC). The vines are between 20 and 50 years old, and this wine is made in a mixture of old and new (roughly 25%) oak. This more than lives up to the standard set by the outstanding 2008. Really lively, creamy textured yet piercingly fresh, minerally and floral white. Very Puligny and brilliant value.

2008 Domaine Marc Roy, Marsannay, Le Champs Perdrix

Retail Price: $30 at Vineyardgate

  • $65 at Quince | 2.2x

Based in Gevrey with just 4 hectares of vine, Alexandrine Roy crafts really pure, gorgeous wines, including this white Marsannay that’s so minerally and vibrant. Though small, the domaine is blessed with parcels in outstanding vineyard sites or lieux-dits. This comes from the well-exposed southern end of Marsannay, on a parcel that sits on a slope with a 400-meter elevation that would make it premier cru level if it were in Meursault or Puligny. The poor and rocky limestone soils are perfect for producing precise, minerally Chardonnay. This overachieving 2008 Marsannay Blanc is comparable to nothing less than a fine Puligny. A great buy!

2010 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Saint Aubin, Le Blanc

Retail Price: $30 at Saratoga Wine Exchange & $41 at Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines

  • $70 at Quince | 2.0x

Description from Nicholas Roberts: Pierre-Yves has rapidly become a star in Cote de Beaune and is now considered one of the pre-eminent young producers of White Burgundy. His choice to use larger demi-muid barrels and eschew the use of battonnage, makes each one of his bottlings a clear expression of its terroir and a study in mineral-driven Chardonnay. Tasting in the Colin-Morey cellar (or anywhere you are lucky enough to have a bottle), is truly a special experience. With each vintage Pierre-Yves continues to prove his enormous talent and we look forward to drinking his wines for many years to come!

2007 Domaine Rollin, Pernand Vergelesse

Retail Price: $42 at Solano Cellars

  • $75 at Quince | 1.8x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: A rich, round Chardonnay with all the qualities of the wines from Pernand-Vergelesses. Well-balanced, it is appreciated young for its fruity aspect but can also be kept for around ten years if you want to enjoy the depth and complexity that comes with age.

2009 Lucien Le Moine, Bourgogne Blanc

Retail Price: $38 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines

  • $90 at Quince | 2.4x

Description from Vintus: 2009 is the first vintage at Lucien Le Moine that Mounir did not do any lees stirring whatsoever, and as usual he never racked the wines in their nearly two years in barrel.  He didn’t add sulfur until a few months before bottling, and yet his wines are still completely fresh; some whites he describes as even having a tint of green.  The Lucien Le Moine 2009s across the board are beautifully pure and focused, with the exquisite harmony of truly great wines.

2007 Pierre-Yves Colin – Morey, Premier Cru, St-Aubin, Champlots

Retail Price: $50 at Zachy’s

  • $90 at Quince | 1.8x | TOP PICK

 

91 points Wine Spectator: Gorgeous aromas and flavors of flowers, green fruits and stone mark this elegant white. There’s adequate richness midpalate, with a refreshing, lemony aftertaste. Best from 2011 through 2018. 50 cases imported. –BS

Ramonet, Batard-Montrachet

Retail Price: $285 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $244 Auction Price Wine Spectator

  • $365 at Quince | 1.3x | TOP PICK

96 points Wine Spectator: There’s a tightness here that keeps the hazelnut, lemon, mineral and spice flavors reined in and focused. This is linear in profile, with the bracing structure driving the long, citrus- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Put together in an elegant, refined way. Best from 2013 through 2028. 48 cases imported. –BS

 

Loire Valley & Bordeaux

2009 Domaine Des Huards, Cour-Cheverny

Retail Price: $16 at K&L Wines

  • $40 at Quince | 2.5x

 

91 points IWC, May/Jun 10: (100% romorantin, as are all wines with this appellation) Greenish gold. Deeper and smokier on the nose than the Cheverny Blanc, with sexy smoke and truffle on the nose along with suggestions of exotic fruits, nuts and honey; smells like a Vouvray and Jura love child. Then full, large-scaled and subtly sweet in the mouth, with a wild, earth-dominated character and floral complexity. Impressively dense, mouthcoating wine that finishes with intriguing smoke, floral and mineral suggestions.

 

2009 Chateau Respide-Medeville, Graves, Blanc

Retail Price: $20 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $45 at Quince | 2.2x

Winemaker’s Notes: The sandy and garvelly clay soil is perfectly suited to the making of great dry white wine as well. Their Graves Blanc is a blend of 50% Semillon, 48% Sauvignon Blanc and 2 % Muscadelle. The wine is vinified at a low temperature in oak and inox tanks. 50% is aged 12 months in oak (never more than 20% new) and 50% is aged in tank. Sauvignon provides fruit, aroma and freshness to the wine, and Semillon imparts roundness and finesse. A touch of Muscadelle adds perfume. This blend is the best expresion of white Graves and helps to achieve blanace between freshness and structure.

 

2009 Domaine St-Nicolas, Fiefs Vendeens, Les Clous

Retail Price: $20 at Wally’s

  • $50 at Quince | 2.5x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Spectator: Lovely powdered ginger and cardamom notes lead the way, followed by salted butter, blanched almond and nectarine flavors. The long, stylish finish has nice latent minerality. Very fine. Drink now through 2011. 200 cases imported. –JM

 

90 points Wine Advocate: Grown largely on distinctively pink and quartzite-laced schist, Michin’s Chenin-based 2009 Fiefs Vendeens Les Clous incorporates 15% Chardonnay and 5% of the rare, indigenous Grollot (also spelled ‘Groslot’ or more commonly ‘Grolleau’) Gris. Apricot, quince, and diverse fruit blossoms hauntingly scent the nose and waft across a delicate, polished, subtly saline palate. Shrimp shell and lobster reduction lend saliva-inducing savor to the long finish of a striking wine for which you will find many uses at table. I have no experience with the maturation of this outstanding value, but given its quality and raw materials I suspect one need have no worry about following it for at least 4-5 years – though whether some of its charm will diminish (or perhaps be enhanced) I can’t say.

 

2009 Domaine du Closel, Savennières, La Jalousie

Retail Price: $20 at Solano Cellars

  • $50 at Quince | 2.5x

 

87 points Wine Advocate: While their 2009 Savennieres La Jalousie represents the lightest cuvee from Closel – who have now added their Chateau identity to the label – it weighs in at 14% alcohol (trusting the label) that engenders some finishing heat, bitterness, and roughness. That said, there are abundant virtues here, too, in the form of rice peach and pear fruit as well as juicy lime, allied to vividly chalky and saline mineral matter that clings invigoratingly to the gums and thus to a considerable extent over-rides the wine’s tendency toward weightiness and warmth. There is a faint hint of sweetness in the finish, which however is well balanced by the wine’s citricity, and which given its already high alcohol one would not want to have seen consumed by yeasts. The de Jesseys’ wines have a history of longevity, but I would be watchful in this instance lest the alcohol become more influential.

 

2009 Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet Sèrve et Maine, Granite de Clisson

Retail Price: $22 at Woodland Hills Wine Co.

  • $55 at Quince | 2.5x

94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2009 Clisson from Domaine de la Pépière is a superb example of the vintage, with a racy spine of acidity that is fairly rare in this riper and slightly softer vintage in Muscadet. The 2009 Clisson offers up a reserved and very classy nose of bread fruit, lemon zest, gentle leesy tones, straw and kaleidoscopic minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and beautifully delineated, with excellent mid-palate depth, bright acids, lovely complexity and laser-like focus on the poised and very minerally finish. This needs some time in the cellar, but is a stellar bottle of young Muscadet. 2015-2035. (Jan/Feb 2012)

2009 Francois Chidaine, Montlouis-Sur-Loire, Clos Habert

Retail Price: $24 at JJ Buckley

  • $60 at Quince | 2.5x

90-91+ points Parker’s Wine Advocate: From old vines in a clay-rich site, and as usual (though don’t look to the label to explain this convention) finished demi-sec (“usually with between 15 and 20 grams of residual sugar,” he states), Chidaine’s 2009 Montlouis Clos Habert smells scintillatingly of lime, tangerine, pink grapefruit, honeysuckle, heliotrope, and diverse hedge flowers. Subtly creamy in texture, and with a persistently billowing sense of floral perfume and buoyancy that belies its 14% alcohol, it pours forth a lusciously sorbet like citric refreshment. While impeccably balanced in sweetness, and lip-smacking in’-residual salt and chalk,’ this as yet lacks the sense of mineral intrigue or transparency to detail possessed by Chidaine’s dry lots of 2009. As with other wines from this estate, the products of individual parcels and pickings – which include one lot, below 14% alcohol, from very old vines – are each vinified separately, but there will be only a single bottling. (08/10)

2010 Roland Tissier et Fils, Sancerre

Retail Price: $30 Average Price Wine- Searcher

  • $60 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

Notes from Importer: This wine comes from a single vineyard with clay and limestone soils, from vines with an average age of 25 years. Fermentation on the lees, which brings the fat and plumpness. 
Very pale in color, this wine is engaging with a distinctive nose, evoking black currant bud, citrus (lemongrass), and flint. Pleasantly tart in the mouth. Balanced and structured.

Gérard Boulay, Chavignol, Clos de Beaujeu, Sancerre

Retail Price: $36 at Beltramo’s

  • $85 at Quince | 2.4x

Notes from Importer: The Clos de Beaujeu is from a single vineyard (0.75 hectare) and is fermented in barrel and bottled without filtration. It expresses great richness in the mouth. Flavors include honeyed lime, and wildflower. There are also some smoky notes. It is still very young and only just beginning to reveal its potential.

 

Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon & Provenance

2009 Clos du Caillou, Bouquet des Garrigues, Cotes-du-Rhone

Retail Price: $20 at The Winery & Saratoga Wine Exchange

  • $50 at Qunce | 2.5x

Notes from The Winery: Clos du Caillou lies in northern Châteauneuf-du-Pape, adjacent to impressive plots belonging to Château Rayas and Château Beaucastel. Sylvie took over the estate founded by her father in 1995 and set about working organically, reduced yields, started to de-stem and introduced smaller oak barrels. Today Sylvie is honoring her father’s legacy with expressive, lush, silky, terroir driven wines. Ripe fruit and honey nose with rich, dry, intensely mineral palate. Food pairing: Versatile. White meats, fish with light herb to heavy cream.

2010 Eric Texier, Rousanne, Brezeme, Cotes-du-Rhone

Retail Price: $27 at Astor Wines

  • $55 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

Notes from Astor Wines: This really is a pretty white Rhône wine. The nose offers classic notes of peach, apricot, and flowers. The palate is full but well-balanced (impressively so, for a wine from such a warm region), and has just a touch of decadence. Texier’s wines have a freshness and lively palate that is unique for the region.

2009 Francois Villard, Fruit d’ Avilleran, Saint Joseph Blanc

Retail Price: $37 at Back Room Wines

  • $75 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

Notes from Back Room Wines: 90% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne. This Northern Rhone white is “a fruit bomb,” showing grapefruit, pineapple, applesauce and peach flavors from nose to finish. Less of the earth, no oak to speak of. Mostly yummy fruit with low acidity and creamy texture.

 

Alsace, Jura & Southwest

Albert Mann, Furstentum, Grand Cru, Pinot Gris

Retail Price: $34 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $75 at Quince | 2.2x | TOP PICK

92 points Wine Spectator: An elegant, spicy white, with honeyed overtones to the flavors of quince paste, tarte Tatin and juicy grapefruit. Fresh, with firm, tangy acidity and lots of anise, bergamot, floral, spiced almond and smoke notes running throughout and lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 50 cases imported. –AN

 

Red Wines

433 selections

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont

2008 Brovia, Barbera D’Alba, Sori Del Drago

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wines

  • $50 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Barbera d’Alba Sori del Drago is a mid-weight, elegant wine laced with silky, perfumed dark red fruit. This, too, offers terrific intensity and fabulous overall balance from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016.

Description from K&L: The 2008 Barbera d’Alba Sori’ del Drago is not your usual Barbara d’Alba. This wine is bursting with perfumed red raspberries and spice notes. The mouthfeel is silky, and the wine is refined and subtle without giving up it’s power, and has great length and persistence. World class wine.

2008 Castello di Verduno, Basadone (100% Pelaverga)

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT

  • $50 at Quince | 2.0x

The Castello di Verduno, owned by Gabriella Burlotto and Franco Bianco, is a beautiful old building at the top of the village of Verduno, on the edge of the Barolo zone. The Castello di Verduno wine label unites two cellars, one under the castle in the Barolo zone and the other near the famous ‘cru’ Rabajà, in the Barbaresco area. Wines are produced in Barbaresco and bottled and stored in Verduno. The vineyards owned by Verduno are the Barbaresco crus, Faset and Rabajà, the last being one of the best vineyards in Barbaresco, and the Barolo crus Monvigliero and Massara. All wines are vinified traditionally by Mario Andrion, the talented young enologist who took over the cellar in 2000. The estate also produces a small amount of delicious Langhe Nebbiolo, and an excellent example of the variety indigenous to Verduno, Pelaverga. Pelaverga produces red wines that are light in color but savory and distinctive on the palate. This one is aged for 3 months in large wood and 6 months in stainless steel before bottling without filtration. The winery’s website cannot be improved on for a description: ‘Soft, though bright ruby red. Intense fragrant nose, showing clear spicy overtones of black pepper and nutmeg, as well as fruity sensations reminiscent of cherries in spirit and strawberries. Nicely-balanced, lingering dry flavour.’ Great with salumi

2006 Filippo Gallino, Barbera D’Alba Superiore

Retail Price: $29 Snooth – SOLD OUT

  • $60 at Quince | 2.0x

Description from Snooth: The power of the Barbera d’Alba Superiore is immediately released when poured into the glass, revealing an intense ruby-red color with pomegranate tones. The bouquet is widely manifested along with hints of ripe fruit, mint, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is rich, full and balanced with just the right tannins that allow it to age very well. Ideal with hearty pastas, meat and game entrees.

2006 Forteto Della Luja, Monferrato Rosso, Le Grive

Retail Price: $33 at Berkeley Wine Company

  • $60 at Quince | 1.8x

Description from Berkeley Wine Company: An opaque plum color this Monferrato blend of Barbera, Pinot Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon has a beguiling nose of Morello cherry, plums, vanilla and cocao. In the mouth it is extremely well balanced and with deep flavors, of ripe red fruits and dark earth. Top-notch wine-making!

2007 Brovia, Nebbiola d’Alba, Valmaggione

Retail Price: $30 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $29 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT

  • $70 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

Description from K&L: Brovia is one of my favorite producers in the Langhe. Their wines epitomize what I love about great wine. These are not oak driven, hugely extracted, high alcohol wines that lack finesse and elegance. They are ethereal wines that speak of where they are from. I was amazed at this new vintage of their Valmaggione. The nose is what I can only call “raspberry perfume” with mineral notes, a silky mouthfeel with acidity you can seemingly chew on, and ultra fine tannins with amazing length. This wine will not roll over you with power, but will serenade you with the lovliest of voices.

2008 Giacomo Conterno, Barbera D’Alba, Cerretta

Retail Price: $45 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $100 at Quince | 2.2x

92 points Wine Spectator: A complex style, combining violet, black currant, graphite and mineral flavors, without sacrificing Barbera’s characteristic racy acidity. This all makes for a compelling, fascinating red, with a lingering floral and mineral aftertaste. First vintage from Conterno’s new vineyard. Drink now through 2016. 4,000 cases made. –BS

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Alta Piemonte 

2007 Sella, Coste Della Sesia, Casteltorto

Retail Price: $25 at Butlers Wine Cellar

  • $50 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

 

Winemaker’s Notes: Alcohol 13.5%. Nebbiolo 60%, Croatina 35% and Vespolina 5%. After an extremely mild winter, the early stages of growth were held well in advance. 
Luckily the summer has been hot, but without any excesses; the good ventilation ensured the health of the grapes and the little rains of early August avoided drought. 
The harvest took place in advance, but with optimal ripeness of tannins and anthocyanins. 
Great purity and excellent body, the 2007 is an outstanding vintage, that will grow for the next twenty or thirty years.

2004 Antoniolo Gattinara, Le Castelle

Retail Price: $45 at Wine Exchange

  • $90 at Quince | 2.0x

93 points Wine Advocate: The 2004 Gattinara Vigneto Castelle is incredibly pure. Endless layers of spices, leather, tobacco, earthiness and wild herbs flow as this generous, engaging Gattinara opens up in the glass. The tannins remain firm yet the wine possesses more than enough stuffing to provide balance.

2005 Le Piane Boca

Retail Price: $60 at Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines

$105 at Quince | 1.7x | TOP PICK

Wine Advocate: Boca is a small appellation that has long been ignored but that today is being rediscovered thanks to the efforts a small group of producers such as Le Piane.

2005 Luigi Ferrando, Carema, Ettichetta Nera

Retail Price: $60 at Natural Wine Company & $65 at Solano Cellars

  • $135 at Quince | 2.2x

Description from Natural Wine Company: A Barolo by any other name…This is a beautifully crafted expression of Nebbiolo from the very northern reaches of Italy. Still tightly wound, it has a hint of anise and truffle on the nose, followed by bright cherry fruit. It’s beginning to show leather and earth which will develop further is it ages. This wine is drinking well now (decant it for an hour or so before drinking), but will be even better in five years. A true gem, and a wine we’re proud to carry.

    

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Barbaresco

2004 Angelo Negro, Basarin, Barbaresco

Retail Price: $40 at Vine & Table

  • $90 at Quince | 2.2x

 

Description from Vine & Table: Red ruby colour slightly brow. Fragrance of rose, violet and undergrowth fruits. Hint of black pepper and vanilla. Taste elegant with persistent tannin. Silky and long after taste with hints of raspberry and redcurrant jam.

 

2005 Cascina Bruciata, Rio Sordo, Barbaresco

Retail Price: $57 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $95 at Quince | 1.7x | TOP PICK

 

Winemaker’s Notes: Barbaresco Rio Sordo is made only with our best grapes, resulting in a top quality example of wine from this region.
For many years the grapes grown in the Rio Sordo cru have demanded a high market price because they give an uncommon balsamic character to the wine. Together with the balsamic notes, you find berry, cherry and plum; the tannins are deep, powerful, sweet and round.
Barbaresco Rio Sordo is an elegant wine that marries well with every kind of savory meat dish, as well as aged cheeses…a wine to be enjoyed in good company!

 

2004 Ca’ del Baio, Valgrande, Barbaresco

Retail Price: $45 at K&L Wines – SOLD OUT

  • $105 at Quince | 2.3x

90 points Wine Advocate: The 2004 Barbaresco Valgrande is the most feminine of these offerings. This mid-weight, accessible wine reveals a lovely bouquet and ripe red fruit with outstanding length and a poised personality. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2016.

 

2004 Cascina, Morassino, Ovello, Barbaresco

Retail Price: $49 at Arlequin Wine Merchant

  • $115 at Quince | 2.3x

91 points Wine Advocate: The estate’s 2004 Barbaresco Ovello presents a much darker color as well as a heavier dose of oak than the Morassino. Ovello is one of the region’s most distinctive sites, so it is a shame to see much of its detail covered by the oak, which also contributes to the harder tannins on the finish. Still, this is beautifully made wine with a dark, spiced personality and plenty of style. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

2005 Sottimano, Cotta, Barbaresco

Retail Price: $68 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $130 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Advocate: The 2005 Barbaresco Cotta is the most open of these wines. This round, generous wine flows with masses of ripe dark fruit intermingled with sweet toasted oak and balsamic nuances. There is wonderful integrity of fruit, all supported by well-integrated tannins and a vein of acidity that frames the wine beautifully. This is another superb wine from Sottimano. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

 

Italian Red Wine: Piedmont – Barolo 

2005 Boroli Fratelli, Barolo

Retail Price: $38 at The Wine Connection

  • $90 at Quince | 2.4x 

92 points Wine Advocate: The 2005 Barolo is gorgeous in its perfumed red berries, flowers and spices. This accessible, mid-weight Barolo offers tons of elegance in a delicate, accessible style. The tannins could use a touch more polish, but bottle age should help. The overall balance here is commendable at this stage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

2004 Luigi Baudana, Baudana, Barolo

Retail Price: $57 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $100 at Quince | 1.7x | TOP PICK

92 points Wine Spectator: Ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a medium-to-full body, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and pretty. Best after 2011. 400 cases made. –JS

 

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2004 Barolo Baudana is the more lithe of the estate’s Barolos. Made in a focused, somewhat linear style, it reveals perfumed red fruit, spices, minerals and menthol with a taut, sinewy personality. The tannins are firm yet the wine gains expansiveness on the mid-palate to provide balance. This Barolo needs another year or two in bottle to help the wine come together a little more. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016.

2005 Giuliano Corino, Arborina, Barolo

Retail Price: $52 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $110 at Quince | 2.1x

93 points Wine Spectator: Blackberry and toasty oak on the nose follow through to a full body, with focused, powerful tannins and lots of new wood and ripe fruit on the finish. Should come together wonderfully. Best after 2012. 220 cases made. –JS

2004 Elvio Cogno, Vigna Elena, Barolo

Retail Price: $84 at Solano Cellars & The Wine Connection

  • $180 at Quince | 2.1x

94 points Wine Advocate: The 2004 Barolo Vigna Elena is another fine, articulated wine that boasts layers of fruit. The wine keeps getting better and better in the glass, in a stunning display of plums, leather, minerals and French oak. Still tightly wound, this firm, classic Barolo should repay cellaring handsomely. This is a fantastic Barolo from Cogno. The Vigna Elena spent 36 months in 40 hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025.

 

2005 Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo

Retail Price: $95 at SF Wine Trading Company & $100 at Berkeley Wine Co.

  • $185 at Quince | 1.8x | TOP PICK

95 points Wine Advocate: The 2005 Barolo is super-delicate and finessed. This is a decidedly restrained, feminine style of Barolo laced with roses, raspberries, jasmine and berries. It will be fascinating to see which direction the 2005 takes from here. At times the wine appears to be putting on additional weight, but it nevertheless retains an element of frailty that is actually quite attractive. I rate the 2005 just behind the 2004, 2006 and 2007, but it is a gorgeous wine, and easily one of the very finest wines of the vintage.

2004 Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo

Retail Price: $100 at Berkeley Wine Co. & $120 at SF Wine Trading Company

  • $215 at Quince | 1.9x

95 points Wine Advocate: 2004 is the first normal vintage I can remember in a while,” says Maria Theresa Mascarello. “We were finished with our Nebbiolo harvest on the 12th of October.” Her pure, finessed 2004 Barolo offers a compelling array of perfumed violets, dark cherries and baking spices with superb clarity and delineation. A weightless, ethereal Barolo, it reveals notable freshness and supple tannins on the long, finessed finish. Although I have tasted this wine many times from cask, I first encountered it from bottle at a blind tasting where it was immediately recognizable for its style, purity and class. This is the best young Barolo I have tasted here in many a year. Fans of traditional Barolo won’t want to miss this superb effort. The 2004 Barolo was fermented for 20-30 days in cement. The malos progressed at an unusually slow pace and weren’t finished until the following summer. The wine was aged in medium-sized casks. Readers can also look forward to promising wines in 2005, 2006 and 2007. I also had a chance to re-taste the 2003, which is a lovely Barolo for nearer-term consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

2000 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo

Retail Price: $325 Primi Vini Wine Merchants & $145 at Fine & Rare Wines

  • $225 at Quince | BELOW RETAIL | TOP PICK

96 points Wine Advocate: The 2000 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste, tasted from magnum, is one of the wines of the vintage. Still imposing and massively structured, it is also one of the most powerful 2000s. It possesses marvelous richness and depth, with just enough radiance to make it somewhat approachable today. Almost. Readers who can still find magnums of the 2000 should not hesitate. This is a magnificent Barolo in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo

Retail Price: $150 at The Rare Wine Co.

  • $245 at Quince | 1.6x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Advocate: Rinaldi has produced a gem in his 2001 Barolo Brunate / Le Coste, which announces itself with an explosive nose of violets, spices, licorice, tar and sweet fruit. On the palate it offers much length and elegance in its layers of fruit, with the distinctly balsamic quality that is the hallmark of the wines from the Brunate cru. Those who appreciate traditionally made wines will not want to miss this outstanding effort, which is sure to age gracefully for several decades. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2031.

1999 Giuseppe Rinaldi, Brunate le Coste, Barolo

Retail Price: $145 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $265 at Quince | 1.8x

93 points Wine Advocate: 1999 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste—Medium red. As is usually the case, the Brunate/Le Coste takes things up a notch. It presents a deeply mentholated, balsamic nose along with layers of dark fruit, licorice and tar flavors that develop in the glass in a potent style that captures the essence of the vintage. The Brunate/Le Coste is the richer and bigger of the two Barolos here, yet it also shows more elegance in its finer tannins. Still reasonably priced, Rinaldi’s Brunate/Le Coste remains the best traditional Barolo most people have never tasted. 93/drink after 2014, 3/06

 

Italian Red Wine: Valle D’Aosta, Liguria, Lombardy

2007 Valtellina Rainoldi, Saddella, Lombardy, Nebbiolo

Retail Price: $19 at Wine Exchange & $23 at Wally’s

  • $50 at Quince | 2.4x

Description from Wine Exchange: One of the very few VINEYARDS in Italy that has its won DOCG, Sassella is a sight to behold.  The Nebbiolo vines grown here hang precariously on terraces that lead straight down into the Adda River.  The cooling yet radiant waters and hillside vineyards fully ripen the grapes in this cooler climate and provide necessary protection from frost.  The wine is aged for two years in large Slavonian barrels and left in bottle for at least a year before release.  The Nebbiolo perfume is unmistakable, sweet dried cherry and strawberry, minerals, touch of spice rack, the flavors are long, elegant and regally tannic, providing a rich yet lighter-handed foil for roasted meats.

 

Italian Red Wine: Trentino Alto-Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto

2008 Inama Carmenere Piu, Veneto

Retail Price: $19 at The Wine Connection

  • $45 at Quince | 2.4x

88 points Wine Spectator: A fleshy red, with tobacco and smoke notes bolstering flavors of cassis and black cherry. Very clean, focused and well-integrated, with a moderate, lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2016. 6,000 cases made. –AN

2008 Cantina Di Bolzano, Santa Magdalena, Lagrein Perl, Alto Adige

Retail Price: $22 Release Price Wine Advocate

  • $50 at Quince | 2.3x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Lagrein Perl comes across slightly more linear in style than the 2009. A lively vein of minerality frames dark red fruit, spices and sweet herbs as this mid-weight Lagrein opens up in the glass. I admire the wine’s understated yet highly nuanced personality. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

 

2009 Corte Sant’Alda, Valpolicella, Ca’Fiui, Veneto

Retail Price: $21 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $23 at Astor Wines

  • $50 at Quince | 2.3x

 

Description from Astor Wines: From one of our favorite Amarone producers comes this stellar ”baby” Amarone known simply as Valpolicella. A spicy red wine with fleshy dark berries, cherry wood and a note of cedar. Medium-bodied and mineraled on the finish and ideal with rich fare.

2007 Accordini, Valpolicella Ripasso, Acinatico, Veneto

Retail Price: $24 at The Wine Exchange

  • $55 at Quince | 2.3x

 

Winemaker’s Notes: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinoni. The vines come from the Pedemonte Hills. 
Late harvest style Corvina aged on Amarone lees. The must of Amarone remains in the vat and instead of being pressed, it is topped up with high quality Valpolicella before being left to referment for about 10-15 days.
Intense red color with garnet hints. Almond and fresh walnut aromas. Full-bodied with a good structure.
This is an excellent red wine with a supple body. The techniques used to produce this wine is typical from the area. Pairs well with roasted meats.

2007 Terlano, Lagrein Gries, Alto Adige

Retail Price: $30 Flemington Liquors

 

  • $60 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

 

Description from Wine Advocate: Cantina di Terlano is one of Italy’s top estates, something made all the more remarkable considering it is a cooperative. The entry-level bottlings have been among my favorite house wines for many years. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, they offer much varietal character at reasonable prices. They are also a great introduction for readers who want to learn more about the unique wines of Alto Adige. In addition, the estate produces a set of single-vineyard whites and reds which are reference-point wines for the region. The single-vineyard wines typically spend longer on their lees and are aged partly or wholly in casks. The top-of-the-line selections (in fatter bottles) see a percentage of smaller barrels. The Sauvignon Quarz, Gewurztraminer Lunare and Nova Domus in particular represent some of the most intensely flavored, unique and age-worthy wines to come out of the region. 

2007 Franz Gojer, St – Magdalener, Rondell

Retail Price: $32 Release Price

  • $70 at Quince | 2.2x

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 St. Magdalener Rondell from Glogglhof is a delicate, medium-bodied red with notes of perfumed cherries, earthiness, tobacco and spices. The wine offers excellent length in an accessible style. St. Magdalener is an entry-level, everyday wine from Alto Adige that rarely shows as much charm as this particular example. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2009

2006 Bastianich, Calabrone, Fruili-Venezia Giulia

Retail Price: $75 Average Price Wine Searcher

  • $140 at Quince | 1.9x

Winemaker’s Notes: The nose is filled with chocolate, coffee, spices and mature red fruit. The palate has considerable power and grip while maintaining elegance. Calabrone will surely benefit from additional cellar time, at least 5 years. With dry extract levels near or greater to those of most Amarone, this is a big red wine for robust dishes.70% Refosco, 10% Schioppettino, 10% Pignolo, 10% Merlot

 

Italian Red Wine: Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Marche

2008 Ca’Montanari, Opera 02, Emilia

Retail Price: $19 Release Price Wine Advocate

  • $40 at Quince | 2.1x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Lambrusco Opera 02 is one of the most interesting Lambruscos I have tasted in a long time. Consulting oenologist Luca d’Attoma crafts the Opera 02 from Grasparossa, which here is partly fermented and aged on its fine lees in barrel, an approach that has rarely, if ever, been applied to Lambrusco. Sweet, perfumed candied cherries, spices and dried roses are just some of the notes that flow from this highly engaging sparkling wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.

2006 Selvagrossa, Trimpilin

Retail Price: $21 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $50 at Quince | 2.4x

89 points Wine Advocate: The 2006 Trimpilin is a gorgeous, vibrant red loaded with perfumed dark fruit, flowers and sweet French oak. This is a delicious wine to enjoy over the next few years. Proprietor Alberto Taddei cut his teeth at the famed Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, and Trimpilin was the colorful nickname proprietor Giorgio Pinchiorri coined for him. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2012.

2007 Lanari, Rosso Conero, Fibbio

Retail Price: $45 Release Price – Not Sold in the US

  • $90 at Quince | 2.0x |

92 points Wine Advocate: Lanari’s 2007 Conero Riserva Fibbio, the estate’s top wine, is 100% Montepulciano. Layers of perfumed dark red fruit meld together seamlessly, followed by hints of smoke, tar, licorice, minerals and scorched earth, all of which add a dimension of darkness. The Fibbio is rich and extroverted yet also wonderfully balanced and totally harmonious. It is impressive from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.

2007 Milziade Antano, Sagrantino di Montefalco, Colle Allodole

Retail Price: $63 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $75 Release Price

  • $105 at Quince | 1.7x | TOP PICK

94 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Montefalco Sagrantino Colleallodole presents a darker tonality of fruit than the regular bottling, with a little more length but also a commensurate increase in tannic heft. The Colleallodole is an undeniably attractive wine, but it isn’t a meaningfully better or better balanced wine than the straight Sagrantino. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023.

2004 Le Terrazze Planet Waves

Retail Price: $44 at Saratoga Wine Exchange

  • $105 at Quince | 2.3x

91 points Wine Advocate: The estate’s 2004 Planet Waves is a more up-front wine loaded with plump, dark, jammy fruit intermingled with sweet toasted oak. While it doesn’t quite have the complexity of the Chaos it does offer very pleasurable drinking in a juicy, accessible style. This blend of 75% Montepulciano and 25% Merlot spent 12 months in French oak. It is another beautiful wine from Le Terrazze. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019

 

Italian Red Wine: Chianti Classico & Traditional Tuscan

2007 Casaloste, Chianti Classico

Retail Price: $21 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $25 at Wally’s

  • $45 at Quince | 2.1x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Spectator: Round, full and fruity, offering berry, cappuccino, violet and berries. Well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity give a long, balanced finish. Complex. Drink now. 2,080 cases made. –JS 

2004 Pratesi, Carmignano

Retail Price: $25 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $30 Release Price

  • $45 at Quince | 1.8x | TOP PICK

86 points Wine Spectator: A clean wine, with good currant and berry character. Medium-bodied, with a simple finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. –JS

2008 San Giusto A Rentenno, Chianti Classico

Retail Price: $25 at Zachy’s

  • $54 at Quince | 2.2x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Chianti Classico opens with an attractive burst of fruit but then loses its vitality on the mid-palate, as so many Chiantis do in 2008. The estate’s hallmark elegance comes through nicely, but ultimately this is a relatively small-scaled, lithe vintage for the Chianti Classico. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.

San Giusto is one of the pearls of Italy. This small, family-run property is a great source for hand-made, artisan wines that reflect the best of the Tuscan vigneron spirit. Simply put, I was blown away by most of these new releases

2008 La Sala, Chianti Classico

Retail Price: $24 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $55 at Quince | 2.3x

86 points Wine Spectator: Hints of rosemary and sage in the aroma, followed by flavors of black cherry and spices. Just a touch oaky, with dry tannins the lasting impression. Best from 2012 through 2016. 4,000 cases made. –BS

Winemaker’s Notes: The bouquet is elegant and complex with fruity hints.  Flavor is supple and well balanced.  Serve with red and white meats, pork poultry and aged cheeses.

2008 Monteraponi, Chianti Classico

Retail Price: $22 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $24 at Biondavino Wine Boutique

  • $55 at Quince | 2.4x

Winemaker’s Notes: Monteraponi Chianti Classico is blended from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo grapes; it is an elegant wine with a traditional style, its scents are bound to ripe intact red fruits, which are well combined with a balanced structure, smooth tannins and a limited acidity. The wine is aged with its for 12 months 30% in Allier barriques for a second passage and the remaining 70% in Allier casks of 23 hl. Before being released it is aged for one month in concrete and three months in bottle. 

2006 Podere Ciona, Riserva, Chianti Classico

Retail Price: $27 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $60 at Quince | 2.2x | TOP PICK

91 points Wine Enthusiast: Made with the help of consulting enologist Stefano Chioccioli, this beautiful Riserva boasts a direct approach with intense aromas of cherry, wild berry, vanilla bean and Spanish cedar. The mouthfeel is bright and well-toned with good crispness and pretty spice nuances on the close.

Score: 91. —Monica Larner, June 01, 2009.

Winemaker’s Notes: Deep ruby red color. Elegant fragrance of red fruits and spices. Well-balanced, velvety, excellent structure, prolonged concentrated finish. Pair with pastas with red sauces, roast & grilled meats/game, cheeses, traditional Tuscan cooking.

2007 Sassotondo, Maremma Toscana, Ciliegiolo, San Lorenzo

Retail Price: $51 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $60 at Quince | 1.2x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Ciliegiolo is a fresh, vinous offering loaded with the essence of perfumed raspberries, strawberries, flowers and minerals. This engaging, delicious wine offers lovely purity and terrific balance. It is an awesome effort at this level. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.

2006 Montevertine Rosso, Chianti

Retail Price: $43 at SF Wine Trading Company

  • $95 at Quince | 2.2x

93 points from the Wine Advocate: “Grace, elegance, poise. These are just some of the descriptors that come to mind as the sublime 2006 Montevertine (Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino) opens up in the glass. This ethereal, mid-weight wine possesses striking inner perfume of sweet red fruit, flowers and licorice. Were it not for the tell-tale Sangiovese acidity, the 2006 Montevertine might easily be mistaken for Pinot Noir. There is remarkably purity and integrity to the wine, not to mention stunning clarity and finessed yet firm tannins that hold everything together all the way through to the long, finessed finish. This exemplary Montevertine is not to be missed. Readers who want to enjoy the 2006 for its primary beauty can drink the wine today, but it is sure to acquire plenty of tertiary complexity in bottle as well. This is Lot L 1408. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026

2007 IL Borghetto, Bilaccio, Chianti

Retail Price: $50 at Beltramo’s

  • $115 at Quince | 2.3x

92 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Bilaccio (100% Sangiovese) is soft, supple and engaging in its silky, textured red berries, dried flowers and spices. This rich Sangiovese is best enjoyed over the next few years as it is already a touch forward. With air, the wine gains additional depth and creaminess on the palate along with quite a bit more overall focus. The oak may be a little overdone in 2007, but this is nevertheless an impressive showing from one of Tuscany’s most exciting emerging producers. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017

 

Italian Red Wine: Montalcino

2009 Il Poggione, Rosso di Montalcino

Retail Price: $25 at Wine.com

  • $50 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

87 points Wine Advocate: The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a lush, fruity wine with good body and an attractive personality. The Rosso is aged predominantly in 100-hectoliter barrels, although 30% of the wine is aged in French oak tonneaux. Over the last few years the estate has moved towards a simpler style of Rosso, which is a shame as the older Rossi were wines of real pedigree and class. This is simply a tasty, well-made wine, but not more. Count me among the estate’s fans who miss the more serious style of Rosso that was common here until just a few years ago. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

Winemaker’s Notes: Intense ruby red color. Fruity bouquet with red berry notes. Very well structured, mellow, long-lasting flavor with smooth, velvety tannins.  Enjoy with pasta with meat sauce, roasted and grilled meats and medium strength cheeses. Alcohol 14.0%.

2006 Palazzo, Brunello di Montalcino

Retail Price: $67 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $70 at Wine.com

  • $150 at Quince | 2.2x

94 points Wine Spectator: Appealing for its sweet fruit flavors of cherry and plum, with licorice and mineral elements adding complexity and depth. Chewy and muscular, yet shows a sense of harmony and grace. Iron and tar accents complete the finish. Best from 2014 through 2026. 1,000 cases made. –BS

 

Italian Red Wine: Southern Italian Reds 

2007 Foti, Salvo, Etna Rosso, Vinupetra

Retail Price: $57 at Astor Wines

  • $125 at Quince | 2.2x

 

Description from Astor Wines: Leave it to the expert, Salvo Foti, to get his hands on old vines of red indigenous varieties planted on the volcanic Mount Etna. Foti is Sicily’s most learned winemaker, and his passion and meticulous nature shine through in this unadulterated red. Decant and enjoy this today or hold it for years to come. 

2009 Passopisciaro, Etna Rosso, Chiappemacine

Retail Price: $65 at JJ Buckley

  • $135 at Quince | 2.1x

 

93 points Wine Advocate: The 2009 Contrada Chiappemacine C is the most similar to the straight Passopisciaro. It possesses attractive density and expressive fruit, all supported by firm yet well-balanced tannins. A bright, articulate finish adds proportion and balance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

2001 Emidio Pepe, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Retail Price: $105 at The Saratoga Wine Exchange

  • $195 at Quince | 1.8x

92 points Wine Advocate: This bottle (#31310) of Emidio Pepe’s 2001 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is incredibly dark in color. It is a rich, concentrated wine bursting with black cherries, smoke, tar and underbrush. This is normally a more restrained wine, but this particular bottle was especially rich and dense. Pepe’s Montepulciano’s are legendary for their ability to age beautifully and I have no doubt that will be the case here as well. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2031.

 

French Red Wine: Burgundy – Cote D’Or

 2008 Patrice Rion, Cotes de Nuits Villages

Retail Price: $28 Average Price Cellar Tracker

  • $60 at Quince | 2.1x | TOP PICK

Description from Burgundy Report: Beautiful aromas. Plenty of flavour, very well balanced with an understated tannin. Quite long and quite lovely. 

2007 Domaine Rollin, Pernand-Vergelesses

Retail Price: $30 at Solano Cellars

  • $65 at Quince | 2.2x 

Winemaker’s Notes: This Pinot Noir combines body and depth with very pleasant aromas of red fruit. It is extremely well balanced with good tannins and has an agreeable mineral aspect. It can be drunk two or three years after bottling to appreciate the fruit but is at its best after five to six years. It goes well with veal, poultry, lamb and also beef.

2008 Bruno Clair, Marsannay, Longeroies

Retail Price: $37 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $90 at Quince| 2.4x

91 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Marsannay Les Longeroies is drop-dead gorgeous. Dark wild cherries, mint and sweet spices dance on the palate in this classy, totally beautiful wine. This still needs time in bottle, but it is hugely promising. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

2009 Mongeard-Mugneret, Savigny-Les-Beaune

Retail Price: $38 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines & $40 at JJ Buckley

  • $90 at Quince | 2.3x

Winemaker’s Notes: Subtle, with discreet tannins, and a low acid content, they have a light, open structure which gives them a feminine image. Perfumed and mellow, they have a rich bouquet. They have fire and strength, but above all it is their exquisite delicacy and finesse which makes them so appreciated by wine-lovers.

2008 Jerome Chezeaux, Vosne-Romanee

Retail Price: $46 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $40 at Wine House

  • $105 at Quince | 2.4x

89 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Vosne-Romanee literally dances on the palate with layers of delicate fruit. The bouquet alone is striking. If the fruit fills out a bit more the Vosne might merit a higher score. This is impeccable and classy through and through. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

2009 Domaine De L’Arlot, Nuits St. Georges, Le Petit Arlot

Retail Price: $52 at WineBid.com & $60 at Zachy’s

  • $110 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Cuvee le Petit Arlot is a beautiful entry-level wine. The perfumed bouquet adds complexity to a solid core of vibrant fruit. The Petit Arlot is made from young vines that are under ten years old. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.

2007 Marc Roy, Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Prieur

Retail Price: $64 Average Price via Wine-Searcher

  • $120 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Spectator: Tasty black currant and blackberry aromas and flavors highlight this supple red, which is concentrated and supple, with a combination of earth, tobacco and mineral on the long, fruit-filled finish. Best from 2011 through 2020. 500 cases made. –BS

2001 Robert Arnoux, Nuits St. Georges, Les Poisets

Retail Price: $57 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $125 at Quince | 2.2x

Producer Notes: Domaine Robert Arnoux owns vines in some of the best vineyards in the region, including in grands crus Echézeaux, Romanée-St-Vivant and Clos de Vougeot, and they seem to know what to do with them – producing very good, elegant, oaky wines at all levels, often among the best in their respective vineyards.

 

French Red Wine: Burgundy – Premier Cru Cote De Nuits

2006 Thibault Liger-Belair, Nuits St. Georges, Les St. Georges

Retail Price: $70 at Allstarwine.com & Release Price $112

  • $135 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Spectator: An attractive mix of sweet fruit, oak spice and dense, ripe tannins set the stage for blackberry, bilberry, vanilla and fruitcake flavors. The tannins are firm, but this is beautifully balanced and very long and spicy. Best from 2010 through 2022. 240 cases imported. –BS

92 points IWC: Good, bright medium red. Sexy high-toned aromas of small wild red fruits, minerals, game and faded rose. Much sweeter and broader in the mouth today than the Reas, which is hard by comparison. Impressively deep, dense wine with a long, ripe finish featuring lingering notes of red fruits, spices and mocha.

2006 Hudelot-Noellat, Nuits St. Georges, Les Murgers

Retail Price: $60 at The Rare Wine Co., $74 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines & $79 at Wally’s

  • $160 at Quince | 2.2x

90 points Wine Spectator: Round and fleshy, with blackberry and plum flavors tinged by chocolate. Fresh and lively, with fine tannins lending support and an excellent lingering finish. Best from 2010 through 2020. 20 cases imported. –BS

2004 Georges Roumier, Morey-St-Denis, Clos De La Bussiere

Retail Price: $87 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $165 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

89 points Wine Spectator: Starts out with a cherry note on a chunky frame, picking up tannins as this develops on the finish. Balanced toward the tannins, needing time to integrate. Best from 2008 through 2012. 225 cases imported. –BS

2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot, Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Fontenys, VV

Retail Price: $107 at Solano Cellars

  • $240 at Quince | 2.2x

90 points Wine Spectator: A mix of wild berry, bilberry, herbs and spice marks this elegant, firmly structured red. Still a little awkward, with some oak influence, but lingers in a balanced way. Best from 2012 through 2020. 100 cases made. –BS

 

2005 Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Champeaux

Retail Price: $267 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $375 at Quince | 1.4x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Spectator: Ripe and silky, exuding sweet cherry and berry notes that pick up spice and new leather accents. It’s intense, yet has finesse, gliding to a long finish. The tannins are there, but covered in fruit and flesh for now. Best from 2012 through 2026. 16 cases imported. –BS

  

French Red Wine: Burgundy – Grand Cru

2007 Armand Rousseau, Mazis-Chambertin
Retail Price: $194 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $375 at Quince | 1.9x

94 points Wine Spectator: Shy in aroma, yet expressive on the palate, revealing cherry, licorice, chocolate and mineral notes. This possesses energy and a vibrant structure, with a natural sweetness offsetting its fine-grained tannins. Subtle and sophisticated, with a lingering aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2028. 27 cases imported. –BS

 

2007 Armand Rousseau, Charmes-Chambertin

Retail Price: $210 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $313 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines

  • $375 at Quince | 1.8x

94 points Wine Spectator: Offers plenty of wild berry aromas and flavors, with accents of earth, licorice and spice. Long and expansive, this displays a sappy core and terrific presence on the palate from start to finish. Best from 2012 through 2025. 37 cases imported. –BS

 

2007 Joseph Roty, “Charmes-Chambertin, Tres Vieilles Vignes

Retail Price: $187 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines & $199 at Wally’s

  • $395 at Quince | 2.0x

94 points Wine Advocate: The 2007 Charmes-Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes is in a class by itself for the Roty collection of this vintage, or indeed of the combined 2007 and 2008 collections. Liqueur-like rich black raspberry, cassis, and dark cherry are backed by marrowy meat stock and laced with black tea, licorice, cocoa powder, and tamarind. This positively sticks to the gums in a sumptuous yet buoyant and downright refreshing finish. Given its present generosity at nearly one year of bottle age, I expect this to put on a great show continuously over the next 12-15 years.

2006 Joseph Roty, “Charmes-Chambertin, Tres Vieilles Vignes

Retail Price: $200 at Wine Exchange & $220 at Wally’s

  • $450 at Quince | 2.1x

93 points Wine Advocate: From vines in two parcels of the original Charmes said to be nearly 130 years old, the Roty 2006 Charmes-Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes offers bright, intensely penetrating ripe cherry shadowed in the nose by high-toned maraschino, almond extract, and Chartreuse-like floral and herbal distillate. Implosively concentrated, liqueur-like in fruit, and with formidable tannins, it finishes expansively and with a greater sense of textural polish than was evident in its initial assault on the palate. This needs time even to give one a clear idea of its personality, but almost certainly it is going to be a formidable and generous one. I would plan on re-visiting this in 3-4 years – were I, that is, lucky and wealthy enough to have some in my cellar. And try not to look back at the 2005 in comparison, as that sets an almost impossible standard even for these ancient vines and Roty’s talent!

2009 Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux, Grand Cru

Retail Price: $450 at Artisan Wine Depot & Premier Cru

  • $675 at Quince | 1.5x | TOP PICK

 

93 to 95 points Wine Advocate: The 2009 Echezeaux is rich, dark and beautifully layered. The intensity and depth of the fruit is nicely balanced by the impossibly fine, silky tannins. This sumptuous, textured wine is impressive and totally compelling. The Echezeaux was aged in 100% new oak Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

2005 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti, Romanee-St-Vivant, Marey-Monge

Retail Price: $1,550 Belmont Wine Exchange & $1,903 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $1,975 at Quince | 1.3x | TOP PICK

96 to 97 points Wine Advocate: Just as this year’s Echezeaux challenges the quality of the Grands-Echezeaux, another surprise of the vintage is a spectacular showing for the 2005 Romanee-St.-Vivant. A startlingly dark, mouth-watering amalgam of purple plum paste, blackberry preserves, bitter chocolate, toasted walnut, soy, and raw beef intrigues the nose. On the palate, this cleaves to the dark side, with viscous, mouth-coating concentration of lightly-cooked black fruits, charred meat, mysterious forest floor complexity, and bitter-sweet florality, but simultaneously delivers a vibratory finish like that of the energetic Grands-Echezeaux. With its palpable extract, profound personality, and refined but abundant tannins, this is surely wine to set aside for at least a decade.

 

French Red Wine: Bordeaux

2005 Chateau L’Embrun, Blaye

Retail Price: $19 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $45 at Quince | 2.4x

Winemaker’s Notes: Chateau L’Embrun 2005 is a dense, dark purple colour. It is a full-bodied wine and has a ripe nose with hints of cassis, smoky oak and vanillins. The finish is long, fresh, there is an excellent tannin structure.

2006 Chateau de Sales, Pomerol

Retail Price: $35 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $23 Mission Fine Wines

  • $60 at Quince | 2.1x | TOP PICK

87 points Wine Spectator: A medium-bodied red, with chocolate, coffee and berry character on the nose and palate. Medium and pretty. A little simple, but attractive. Best after 2010. 10,830 cases made. –JS

2007 Chateau Moulin De Tricot, Margaux

Retail Price: $45 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $90 at Quince | 2.0x

Moulin de Tricot stands virtually alone as it continues to follow the classic style of Margaux: utilizing Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant grape variety. Cabernet accounts for 70% of the vineyards, Merlot the remaining 30%. The vines average 20 years of age. A brilliant, deep ruby-red color graces the ’99 vintage; red and black currants dominate the palate; the wine provides a velvety texture that leads into a finish marked by firm, chalky tannins that give great length (and an intriguing note of licorice); a promising and serious wine that shows its Margaux breed.

2000 Chateau Deyrem-Valentin, Margaux

Retail Price: $50 at SF Wine Trading Company

  • $110 at Quince | 2.2x

Description from SF Wine Trading Company: 2000 Deyrem Valentin Margaux, Red Bordeaux, France. 5 stars Decanter: “Complex, promising style, but needs time. Will be attractive.” Clive Coates (The Wines of Bordeaux): “Medium-full colour. Nicely soft and ripe on the nose… Medium to medium-full body. Quite good fruit and balanced… (2004)” This traditional Claret is for the purist and is a classic Bordeaux from a great vintage, not a cellar queen, but a good drinking old school gem imported by Robert Chadderdon.

2000 Chateau La Dominque, St. Emilion

Retail Price: $78 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $85 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $180 at Quince | 2.3x

91 points Wine Advocate: Typically sexy, rich, loaded with fruit, and opulent, the dense purple-colored 2000 La Dominique may turn out to be this estate’s finest wine since their wonderful duo of 1989 and 1990. It exhibits copious quantities of jammy blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with licorice, cigar smoke, and spice box characteristics with a hint of herbs. Full-bodied and fleshy, with low acidity but high tannin, this substantial, voluptuously-textured, impressive St.-Emilion is already drinkable. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.

1996 Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan

Retail Price: $199 Average Price Wine – Searcher & $212 at Aabalat Fine & Rare Wines

  • $375 at Quince | 1.9x

94 points Wine Advocate: A great wine that has put on considerable weight and continues to show more and more depth and complexity, the dark plum/ruby colored 1996 Pape Clement has a gorgeous nose of barbecue spices intermixed with black currant, plum, coffee, and a hint of white chocolate. The wine is exceptionally rich, fill-bodied, and a fabulous success, particularly in the Pessac-Leognan sector. The tannin is sweet and the wine full-bodied, with tremendous richness and length. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. Last tasted, 4/02.

1982 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

Retail Price: $3,900 at K&L Wines, $5000 at Wally’s & $5,009 Average Price Wine-Searcher

  • $4,795 at Quince | 1.1x | TOP PICK
  • $11,000 at The French Laundry | 2.5x

 

97+ points Wine Advocate: This is a denser version of the 1990 that stylistically reminds me of what the young 1959 probably tasted like. Still backward with a deep ruby/plum color revealing only a touch of lightening at the edge, the wine offers up an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity. With 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautiful drinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It is capable of lasting 50-60 years. This classic Lafite is not as fat and concentrated as the 1982 Latour, nor as complex or concentrated as the 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but it is a winner all the same. Release price: ($350.00/case)

 

French Red Wine: Loire Valley & Beaujolais

2009 Dominque Piron, Morgon, Cote Du Py

Retail Price: $18 at Premier Cru & $20 at Beltramo’s

  • $45 at Quince | 2.4x | TOP PICK

92 points Wine Enthusiast: A very fine Beaujolais, from this premier hillside in Morgon that brings together red cherry and plum fruits on one side and firm tannins on the other. Big and concentrated, for aging over three years and more. Cellar Selection. (Jul 2011)

2010 Marcel Lapierre, Morgon

Retail Price: $23 at K&L Wines, $24 Arlequin Wine Merchant & $25 SF Wine Trading Company

  • $55 at Quince | 2.4x

From the Cru Beaujolais region of Morgon, the Domaine Lapierres’s Villié-Morgon vineyard is comprised of decomposed rocks and crumbly schist. Owned and run by Marcel and Mathieu Lapierre, the vines are raised without the use of artificial fertilizers or herbicides; the father-son team have also been experimenting biodynamics on some of their older vines. This natural wine is full of red fruit, with a lushness and freshness that set it apart from many Beaujolais. If you haven’t tried a Cru Beaujolais before, this gem is a great place to start.

 

French Red Wine: Rhone Valley, Provence & Languedoc – Roussillon

2009 Georges Vernay, Collines Rhodaniennes, De Mirbaudie, Syrah

Retail Price: $24 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $50 at Quince | 2.0x

89 points Wine Spectator: Silky and pure, with lilting white pepper, violet and cherry aromas and flavors that glide along, with a lingering finish. Drink now. 830 cases made. –JM 

2007 Jean-Louis Chave Selection, St. Joseph, Offerus

Retail Price: $24 at Wine House, Mission Liquor & $30 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $60 at Quince | 2.0x | TOP PICK 

89 points: A tangy, racy style, with damson plum, raspberry and cherry pit flavors pushed by an iron note on the finish. Drink now. 2,800 cases made. –JM

2009 Domaine Vallet, St. Jospeh, Meribets

Retail Price: $25 at K&L Wines & Hi-Time Wine Cellars

  • $60 at Quince | 2.4x

91 points Wine Spectator: Very juicy, with a compact core of cassis, plum and anise woven deftly with roasted apple wood and licorice notes. The long finish has solid grip. Drink now through 2016. 100 cases imported

2009 Domaine De Fondreche, Cotes Du Ventoux, Cuvee Nadal

Retail Price: $26 at The Wine House

  • $60 at Quince | 2.3x | TOP PICK 

92 points Wine Advocate: The outrageously delicious 2009 Cotes du Ventoux Nadal (50% tank-aged Grenache from 70-year-old vines, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, both aged in barrel) boasts a dense purple color along with sweet, ripe aromas of black currants, black cherries, licorice and camphor. This opaque purple-colored, dense, opulent, medium to full-bodied, stunning wine sells at an incredibly fair price.

2003 Chateau Des Tours, Vacqueyras, Reserve

Retail Price: $33 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $70 at Quince | 2.2x | TOP PICK

89 points Wine Spectator: Enticing licorice and chocolate-covered plum aromas and flavors, along with notes of tar and bittersweet cocoa. Shows the heat of the vintage, but stays fresh. Drink now through 2008. 1,750 cases made. –JM

2008 Clot De L’Oum, Cotes Du Roussillon Villages, Saint Bart

Retail Price: $37 Release Price Wine Advocate

  • $70 at Quince | 1.9x | TOP PICK

91 points Wine Advocate: Clot de l’Oum’s 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Caramany Saint-Bart Vieilles Vignes is exceedingly salty and brightly-fruited even by their standards and those of the vintage. There is a bloody red meatiness following the ripe, juicy blackberry all the way through this performance, and a deep upwelling of stoniness and forest floor detritus conveys a typically dark, almost brooding cast to this cuvee, paradoxically, given the fact that it is also so actively tart, mouth-wateringly saline, and (aided by its merely 12.5% alcohol) buoyant. This finely-tannic bottling will continue to fascinate for at least the better part of the next decade, and ought to really settle into its groove at table in a couple more years.

2008 Michel Stephanie Ogier, Collines Rhodaniennes, La Rosine, Syrah

Retail Price: $33 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $75 at Quince | 2.3x

90 points Wine Spectator: Stylish, with a fresh sanguine note running through the core of black cherry and blackberry confiture flavors. Picks up additional spice and red licorice notes on the finish. Drink now through 2011. 2,080 cases made. –JM

2009 Andre Perret, St. Joseph

Retail Price: $30 at SF Wine Trading Company & $33 at Wine House

  • $75 at Quince | 2.4x

91 points Wine Advocate: The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2009 St.-Joseph is filled with notes of cherry liqueur, raspberries, smoke and licorice intermixed with a wet rock-like component. Full-bodied and opulent, with lower acidity than the 2010, it will keep for a decade or more. Perret has long been one of the northern Rhone’s finest producers of white wines, and over the last decade he has also raised the quality of his red wines as evidenced by these two vintages of St.-Joseph. Unfortunately, this is not a large domaine, and the Perret wines can be difficult to find.Importer: Europvin, http://www.europvin.com – Dec 2011

2009 Pierre Gonon, St. Joseph

Retail Price: $35 at K&L Wines

  • $80 at Quince | 2.3x

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Deep ruby. High-pitched aromas of dark berries, Asian spices and potpourri, with a hint of cracked pepper. Sweet, incisive black raspberry and spice cake flavors become more peppery with air and show intense minerality, with no rough edges. The sweet, focused finish repeats the spicy notes and lingers with real authority. This elegant wine will age on its balance. Gonon ferments his syrah entirely with whole clusters.” (Jan/Feb 11) 13% abv

2009 Chateau Fortia, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvee Baron

Retail Price; $33 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $80 at Quince | 2.4x 

91 points Wine Spectator: Dark and winey, with an authoritative profile, as blackberry, linzer torte and pastis notes cruise along, backed by hints of spice cake, shiso leaf and violet on the finish. Carries some weight, but shows grace in the end, with a flash of savory herb. Best from 2012 through 2022. –JM

2008 Domaine De La Janasse, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Retail Price: $37 at JJ Buckley

  • $90 at Quince | 2.4x

89 to 91 points Wine Advocate: Only two cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape were made in 2008. The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape possesses more Mourvedre than usual (about 25%). It offers up pure black and blue fruits intermixed with fresh mushrooms, meat juices, and Provencal herbs, medium to full body, and plenty of depth and ripeness. One of the longer-lived 2008s, it should last for 10-12 years.

2007 Mas De Daumas, Gassac, Vin De Pays, De L’Herault,

Retail Price: $46 Arlequin Wine Merchant

  • $95 at Quince | 2.1x

86 to 87 points Wine Advocate: The assembled 2007 Mas de Daumas Gassac red – due to have been bottled in March – includes a combined total of around 20% Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Tannat, and a 10% mixture (like its white counterpart) of assorted, at times exotic varieties. A rather reductive overlay to a nose initially dominated by pungent herbs and smoked meats blows off to reveal mulberry, huckleberry, cedar, iodine, and white pepper. In the mouth, this is firmly textured, juicy, bright, and somewhat youthfully tart and angular. Wet stone undertones add to a sense of austerity, but the wine’s energetic brightness and focused black fruits gain the upper hand in a surprisingly refreshing finish. I don’t perceive this as achieving much richness, but it is likely to become more interesting while retaining its kinetic personality for at least 6-8 years.

2007 Clusel-Roch, Cote Rotie

Retail Price: $55 at Woodland Hills Wine Company & $62 at Arelquin Wine Merchant

  • $125 at Quince | 2.3x

90 points IWC: Bright red. Spicy blackcurrant and licorice aromas are complemented by potpourri and smoky minerals and perked up by a hint of black pepper. Deep in dark fruit flavor but in no way heavy, with silky tannins adding support. Gains power on the back end and finishes with lingering notes of kirsch and dark berries. (Jan/Feb 2010

2006 Bernard Levet, Cote Rotie, La Chavaroche

Retail Price: $72 at Solano Cellars

  • $125 | 1.7x | TOP PICK

91 to 92 points IWC:

2006 Francois Villard, Cote-Rotie, Le Gallet Blanc

Retail Price: $75 Average Price Wine – Searcher

  • $125 at Quince | 1.7x

92 points Wine Spectator: Really juicy, this almost gushes with fig and blackberry fruit, but there’s also great spine, with briar, braised fig, aged tobacco and mineral notes all filling out the rich finish. Best from 2009 through 2018. 1,103 cases made. –JM

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