April 2013

  1. 2012 Bordeaux...Some serious deals to be had!

    To all Best Winers, Nobody in the world is better at dealing with a difficult vintage than the Bordelaise.  Good thing, because in 2012, Mother Nature made all the chateaux in Bordeaux run her gauntlet. To watch Tristen's in-depth interview/analysis of the vintage with Jeff Leve of the The Wine Cellar Insider, click here. So what are the highlights of...
  2. Seriously Limited, Highly Praised Grand Crus from Jadot

    To all Best Winers, There’s a reason why the Grand Cru red wines from Burgundy are usually pretty darn ‘Grand’. It’s because they are produced from the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. Vineyards that, in certain special vintages, flex their muscle even further, producing wines that generate shivers, oohs, aahs and keep us Pinotphiles coming back for more...
  3. The 95 point Galevan Chateauneuf 2010: Parker's 'Traditional' CdP buy of the vintage!

    To all Best Winers, Wow. That’s about all I have to say regarding today’s offer. Coralie Goumarre has come a long way since we first started tasting her wines several years ago. Maybe it’s her ‘mad skills’, maybe it’s the greatness of the 2010 vintage. Maybe it’s a bit of both, but Good Lord are these wines great. The Domaine...
  4. 94 Points and 'Vega Sicilia-adjacent' for a tenth the price!

    To all Best Winers, Borders. Boundaries. Fences. Whatever you want to call them, they carry a certain power, whether they’re physical or imaginary.  It’s crazy to think that a simple line could be the difference-maker between a wine that sells for $350 and another that sells for $30. But it does, as we have seen throughout most of France where...
  5. Greatest Burgundy Value Ever? The numbers don't lie...

    To all Best Winers, Can a $70 or $80 bottle of white wine be considered a deal? We posed that question to ourselves recently as we were discussing the 2010 vintage Chablis wines from William Fevre.  Most of us said, “Heck, yeah they’re a deal!” knowing the quality behind the label, the strength of the vintage and our general burning...
  6. Now THIS is Great Alexander Valley Cabernet...

    To all Best Winers, As the Hawkes winery website so bluntly states: “(Jake Hawkes) occupations were various. A construction worker in Rodarte, New Mexico, nightclub doorman in New York, woodchopper in California, grape-picker in Australia, alcoholic in Mexico, metal worker in Oakland, English teacher in San Marcos, Texas, but one common thread ran through all of this: wherever Jake went...
  7. Burgundy's Next Generation: Jayer, Rouget...Cheurlin?

    To all Best Winers, Maxime Cheurlin is a 20 year old wunderkind who is now in charge of one of Vosne Romanée's greatest estates, Domaine Georges Noellat. Georges was Maxime's grandfather and, since his passing in the late 90's, Maxime’s grandmother was in charge of the domaine, selling the vast majority of their production to Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin...
  8. The Bordeaux Blanc Buy of the 2009 Vintage!

    To all Best Winers, Observation. The 2009 white Bordeaux wines kind of came and went without a whole lot of fanfare, even though critics like Parker used such terms as ‘dazzling’ and ‘fascinating’ when describing the vintage. Problem is, that was all that we heard from the pundits until the wines were actually released. All the hype for the 2009...
  9. A Gigondas for All Seasons from Domaine des Bosquets

    To all Best Winers, I love it when a wine is good. I really love it when a wine is great. And I really, really love it when, in the moment, a wine is better than great. World? Meet better than great.  The Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas 2010 completely rent asunder all of my already- high expectations for this wine...
  10. Nostre Pais Blanc 2011: Parker 93 pts, only $15!

    To all Best Winers, “I know some readers will find it hard to believe, but the 2011 Nostre Pais Blanc’s aromas and rich, honeyed, full-bodied texture reminded me of the famous white Chateauneuf du Pape made by Beaucastel, which sells for three or more times the price. An amazing blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne and 5% Viognier aged...

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