This second release during May features southern Italian wines an others from California’s Santa Barbara AVA.
As always, there are many more from Ontario, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, France, and South Africa, including a few sake, plus rose wines, one LBV, and one sweet sherry.
Southern Italy is comprised of Campania, Sicily, Basilicata. Puglia, and the island of Sardinia. All have been producing wine for millennia, but never marketed their products widely, and for this reason price them attractively in an attempt to capture market share.
Most southern Italian wines represent goof value.
Santa Barbara, just north of Los Angeles is the up and coming California AVA with impressive wines due to its location, and terroire.
Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Maria Valley tot eh norht proeduce remarkable, and reasonably priced wines well worth looking for.
My recommendations are:
L BV, 211, Fonseca, Douro Valley, Portugal
This unfiltered, field blend LBV tastes tight, fresh, is perfectly focused and a powerful port that is ready to enjoy. Well structured, and deeply flavored, it could serve as an excellent finish after an extended meal, or for a group conversation. You can also pair it with aged cheeses,
and dried fruits.
Walnut Brown Medium Sweet Sherry, William and Humbert, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Dark amber with tinges of green on the edges.
Aromatically, this wine exudes raisins, caramel and ripe figs. On teh palate, the sweetness is well balanced with a solid acid backbone.
A fine medium sweet sherry to enjoy on its own at about 4 p before a 6 p m dinner, or with walnut torte or pecan pie. A top value.
Pastis, Henri Bardouin , France
700 ml., $ 40.95
Fleur de Prestige Champagne, 2009, Beaumont des Crayeres, Champagne, France
Vintage champagne is made only when the growing season was successful. All other champagnes are blends of several vintages. This delicate sparkler with fine mousse offers pineapple, raspberry and ginger aromas. A fine finish that puts a “crown” on the wine.
Pinot Noir Brute Nature Champagne, Andre et Michel Drappier
Rare Sparkling Rose, Luc Belair, France
Brut Valdobbiadene Prosseco Superiore, Nino Franco, Veneto, Italy
Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Clos Henri, Marlborough, New Zealand
Brilliant yellow with green edges. A complex wine with good acidity and notes of grapefruit. Well balanced, rich, with a creamy mouth feel. Long finish
Cuvee Black Ball Riesling, 2014, Pearl-Morisette, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Aromas of ripe pineapples underlined with citrus waft out of the
glass. Light, “juicy” with a fine acid-backbone, this excellent wine would go well with white-fleshed pan-fried fish with chive sauce, pr pan-fried scallops.
Chablis Premiere Cru Les Vaillons, 2014, Domaine Billaud-Simon, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Classic Riesling, 2016, Waimea, New Zealand
H Riesling, 2015, Dr. Hermann, Mosel, Germany
Estate Riesling, 2011, Schloss Schonborn, Rheingau, Germany
Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, 2015, Kistler, Sonoma Coast, California
Chardonnay, 2015, First Press, Napa Valley, California
Chardonnay, 2014, Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley, California
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Cateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant dark red color. Expect cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, and cedar aromas. Mid-weight. A real beauty, that will be ready to enjoy in two to three years.
Assemblage, 2012, Atamisque, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, and petit verdot, this superb wine smells of dark fruits. Full-bodied with very fine tannins. Well balanced and powerful.
La Petite Charmotte, Nuits Saint Georges, 2011, Bachelder, Burgundy, France
Light red color. Exudes raspberry, cherry aromas. Mid-weight. Savory and spicy. A well balanced wine made by Thomas Bachelder, who also makes wines in Ontario, and Oregon.
Syarh, 2013, Firestone, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California
Single Vineyard El Recurso Block 18 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Maipo Valley, Cono Sur, Chile
Chateau Clarke, 2010, Listrac, Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Segla, 2010, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Gran Seleczione Chianti Classico, 2011, Badia a Passignano, Antinoiri
Piastraia, 2012, Michele Satta, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy
Petit Verdot, 2016, Rustenberg, South Africa
Cotes des Roses, 2016, Gerard Bertrand, Languedoc, France
750 ml $ 17.95
1500 ml., $ 37.95
Rose, 2016, Château La Tour de L’Eveque, 2016, Provence, France