If I Could Buy Only One – Oct 15th, 2016 VINTAGES Release
As part of our VINTAGES recap for October 15th, we asked our critics:
“If you could buy only one wine from this release – which one would it be and why?”
Our picks from the October 15th VINTAGES release:
David Lawrason – In recent years – since travels in Spain and Portugal in particular – I have become a big fan of the gentle, subtle and vaguely mineral white wines from indigenous, lesser known varieties of Europe. So not chardonnay, not sauvignon, not riesling, not pinot gris. The bottlings could be from Portugal, Spain, France, or Italy, but today I am talking grenache blanc from southern France, with the oh-so subtle but important, acid-firm roussanne in the blend.Saint Roch 2015 Vielles Vignes Grenache Blanc/Marsanne is unbelievably good value at $15.95. From old vines on slate soils it has a generous, clean nose of vaguely tropical banana and melon fruit, with some grainy complexity. It’s medium weight, quite broad yet firm with a sense of stoniness on the palate. Fine as a sipper, or with more mellow seafood recipes.
Michael Godel – Cariñena rocks! The Autochthonous soils, bush vines and their stones in the autonomous region of Aragón are home to great value cariñena and garnacha. Of the five like-minded grouped Aragonese and Catalonian appellations, it is Cariñena where the grapes mature first. The grape and the place come across with classic cariñena firmness and regional culture out of the impressive Grandes Vinos e Vinedos cooperative. You may recognize Spain’s third largest cooperative as the producer of Beso de Vino garnacha.The 3c Premium Selection Cariñena 2013 is juicy and gregarious like so many garnacha, but here as cariñena, with moderate alcohol, acidity and amenable tannin. This represents very good value for the price, as well as for the brusque and breviloquent Aragonese appellation.
Sara d’Amato – A winery with a history of female leadership, Domaine Theulot Juillot’s Mercury is a welcome addition to the VINTAGES fold. The estate owns a dozen hectares in the appellation on both calcareous and red clay soils giving the wine brightness and exotic fruit spice. This 1er Cru site of La Cailloute is a monopole, owned entirely by the Domaine. Great complexity and an explosion of fruit on the palate make this pinot noir oh so memorable.
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