WINE TASTING ROOM-Completo's
UPDATED AS OF January 12, 2017
RESERVE DE LA
COMTESSE (PICHON LALANDE) 2012 PAUILLAC
Gerald's first place wine in a recent
blind-tasting of 2012 Bordeaux...it's predominantly Cabernet
Sauvignon with the other "usual suspects." They really did a
good job in capturing the Pauillac
character and making a showy wine.
Our friend May Eliane de Lencquesaing sold her interest in the estate to the
folks who run it today. She's making wine now in South Africa.
VON WINNING SAUVIGNON BLANC
dry Sauvignon Blanc which reminds
us of Smith Haut Lafitte's white wine...
except this doesn't cost more than $100 a bottle.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by this remarkable
BOOKWALTER Washington State MERLOT
Winemaker Caleb Foster is producing some
outstanding red wines.
We like a proprietary blend and this delightful Merlot.
RIVETTI/LA SPINETTA 2011 "PIN" $6/taste
"Pin" is an Italian nickname for someone named Giuseppe.
It's Giorgio Rivetti's dad's name and it's a marvelous blend
of Barbera with Nebbiolo.
JAYSON 2013 North Coast CHARDONNAY $5/taste
Big, creamy, nicely oaked Chardonnay...it's a full-throttle California
white but despite its high alcohol, it still seems balanced.
ALION 2012 Ribera del Duero $10/taste
Killer Spanish red...Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) is intense and robust,
made a wine which is sort of Cabernet-like.
Lavishly oaked...dark fruit...very fine!
RAMEY 2013 Russian River Valley
One of our favorite California Chardonnays, this is a wine made with
an astute awareness of French White Burgundies, but with a
decidedly California accent. Very fine.
VIETTI 2015 ARNEIS $2.40/taste
The latest vintage of Arneis from Vietti is another benchmark
Dry, no oak and perfect for summer aperitivo service and seafood dishes...
Linguine con Vongole, anyone?
SHUMI "TSINANDALE" Blend $1.40/taste
They've been making wine forever in Georgia (nowhere near Atlanta)
and this is a
delightful blend of Rkatsitelli and Mtsvane. Peachy and showing a woodsy
CIU CIU 2015
example of the Pecorino grape...certainly this will appeal to you if
you're enchanted by crisp, non-oaked Sauvignon Blancs.
can easily taste that the 2015 vintage produced wines which are a shade
riper than normal. Still good though.
tangy, stony, minerally and bone dry...no oak.
Classic Sancerre at a rather modest price.
MINER 2013 Napa CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Miner now labels its Napa
Valley Cabernet as Emily's Cuvee in honor
of the late Emily Miner. Dark fruit and nice oak.
GREEN + RED
Chiles Mill Napa ZINFANDEL $2.70/taste
fans of Jay Heminway's wines...this comes from a great site above Napa
Valley not far from Lake Hennessy. Beautifully berryish with mild spice
DELILLE 2014 CHALEUR
From a snazzy
Washington State winery comes this terrific
blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon. It's mildly toasty and
FAILLA Sonoma PINOT NOIR $3.60/taste
This guy was the winemaker at Turley for many years, so it's
remarkable that he can go from making big, over-the-top
Zinfandels to producing elegant, cherryish Pinot Noir.
SUMMERS NAPA CHARBONO $2.30/taste
Jim & Beth Summers make our favorite California
with blackberry & blueberry fruit...mild tannins...fairly full-bodied.
GULFI 2015 CERASUOLO $2/taste
Here's a berryish Sicilian red blend...Frappato and Nero...
ERMES PAVESE "BLANC DE MORGEX" $2.70/taste
Bone dry, light, crisp Alpine white from north-western Italy.
Prie Blanc is the grape...might remind you of a crisp,
flinty, non-oaked Chablis.
VENICA 2015 Friuli SAUVIGNON $2.50/taste
The Venica family make some exceptional dry whites in
northeast Italy...Friuli. Mildly herbal/grassy.
CHIANTI CLASSICO $2.70/taste
This is a smallish estate
which has long been a proponent of "natural"
viticulture and winemaking. First vintage we've had in the shop as they
seem to have refined their recipe.
CHAPPELLET 2014 MTN CUVEE $3/taste
A Bordeaux-styled blend with a California/Napa accent.
Dark fruit, berries, a touch of currants and a low level of tannin.
PINOT NOIR $4/taste
The 2013 vintage produced
some remarkable New Zealand Pinots and this is
one of our favorites.
ALDO CONTERNO 2013
BARBERA D'ALBA $3.60/taste
Conterno makes balanced, easily drinkable Barbera...it is snappy and
crisp with just a hint of oak.
2012 CHIANTI CLASSICO $2.70/taste
Castell'in Villa is an old-school producer in south-east
Chianti...100% Sangiovese...no Merlot.
No Cabernet. No Syrah. This vintage is spot-on.
GABBAS VERMENTINO $2/taste
light, flavorful Vermentino from a leading Sardinian winery.
MASI 2012 CAMPOFIORIN $1.30/taste
They used to make this as a Ripasso wine, but today it's got a bit of
dried fruit. More gentle and less jammy/raisiny than an Amarone and
it's remarkably good "Valpolicella."
people know Ridge for its splendid red wines, but they make a smallish
quantity of stellar Chardonnay.
Not for everyone, but if you like French white Burgundies, you may find this
to be exceptional.
ODOARDI 2014 SAVUTO $1.30/taste
Not many folks know the Savuto appellation from Italy's
nice blend based upon
Gaglioppo and Aglianico.
PEWSEY VALE 2010 "Contours" RIESLING 3.40/taste
This is a benchmark
Riesling and it's from Australia. They typically give it
substantial bottle aging so you can drink it immediately. Dry, of course.
And it's still a bit young.
WINES OPEN TODAY:
QUINTA DO NOVAL 2011 VINTAGE PORT $10/taste
The most recently-declared Vintage is offered today for
tasting...quite showy now and it
will repay cellaring handsomely.
CHATEAU HAUT-MAYNE 2010 SAUTERNES $3.80
You're not alone...nobody knows this fine little domaine...
JM da FONSECA 20 YEAR SETUBAL (Moscatel) $6/1 ounce pour
Hugely famous in Portugal and around Europe, they're a mystery to most
wine consumers in the US. Remarkable wine, though.
STONY HILL 2010 Napa S╔MILLON DU SOLEIL $4.50/taste
A sort of Napa Valley "passito" made of Semillon.
SMITH WOODHOUSE 2002 LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO $3/taste
Savvy wine buyers know this brand from the Symington Family (Graham's, Warres,
for its killer LBV Port...If you have taste for hundred buck bottles of Vintage
Port and are
on a budget, check out this delicious Porto!
LA MAGENDIA Juranšon $3.60/taste
From master winemaker Jean Bernard Larrieu comes this stellar sweet wine
balanced by laser-sharp acidity.
CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 2005 SAUTERNES $3.50/taste
A second wine from the famous Chateau Rieussec, this is nicely honeyed and
BARBADILLO 30 YEAR AMONTILLADO SHERRY $5/taste
When we pour a taste of this stellar Sherry, its perfume permeates the entire
and very fine with an after-taste which lingers for a very long time.
NIEPOORT 1988 COLHEITA PORTO $5/1 ounce Pour
Dirk Niepoort is a leading light in Portugal and he makes some top Colheita
(single vintage tawny) Ports. Here's a nicely aged bottling...old,
but not too old and not too young...
PIETRI GERAUD 2005 BANYULS $3.30
France's answer to the question "Port?"
EXCINDRE MUSCAT DE MIREVAL $2.20/taste
Terrific Muscat from the south of France.
From the Republic of Georgia, there's a remarkable
dessert wine...claimed to be comprised of more
300 different grape varieties! It's along the lines of Port/Madeira, but