2018 Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon
James Suckling 93 ~ Aromas and flavors of dried flowers with currants, blackberries and violets. It’s full-bodied with soft, refined tannins and a savory finish. Pretty length, too.
2019 Broc Cellars La Boutanche Red Blend (1L)$31.00Tasting Notes ~ Zinfandel, Carignan, and Valdiguie - Selection Massale's 'La Boutanche' series is an ongoing series of collaborations with leading winemakers working in the 'natural' mode -- fermentation with native yeasts, little to no sulphur -- to distribute tasty and affordable wines for immediate consumption. Always in liter sized bottles colorfully adorned with anthropomorphic caricatures of the producers. This new release taps California's Broc Cellars -- makers of endlessly enjoyable wines of the supremely 'glou-glou' variety. Extremely Limited.
2018 Mollydooker ‘The Boxer’ Shiraz$30.00WA 91Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91 ~ Mollydooker's 2018 The Boxer Shiraz delivers what fans of this producer have come to expect: huge fruit, plenty of ripeness, tasty oak and oodles of flavor. Cedar, chocolate and mint accent cola, plum and berry fruit on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is round, supple and expansive. It's creamy-ripe, yet the wine ends silky and mouthwatering.
2017 Xavier Gérard Côte-Rôtie$82.00Tasting Notes ~ Xavier Gérard is a young guy farming about three hectares of Côte-Rôtie vines by hand (as if there were any other way) and vinifying wines in the most traditional manner possible. In his small cellar, fermentations are initiated by ambient yeasts and varying percentages of whole grape clusters are left in the must. The Côte-Rôtie is aged in large, used demi-muid barrels before bottling. This is a soulful, high-toned Syrah that perfectly captures what Côte-Rôtie is all about. In the glass, the wine reveals a deep purple-red core and expresses a breathtaking mosaic of elite Northern Rhône aromatics: grilled meat, sun-roasted brambleberries, tar, olive tapenade, freshly cracked pepper, ripe black cherries, Chambord, dried violets, and crushed hot stone.