Monthly Staff Picks
From Mother Nature Incarnate and the Ambassador for Dolcetto, Nicoletta Bocca’s San Fereolo Dolcetto Valdiba is one of my favorite Dolcettos. Nicoletta is a true artist. She let’s each vintage tell its story every year. “In a wine I’m not looking for a style. Looking for a style would mean manipulating grapes in order to obtain a pre established result. Grapes know much better than we do were they want to go and we just help them to go in that direction.” – Nicoletta Bocca.
Aromas of black cherry, plums, mint, black pepper and wet forest floor emerge from the glass. For being reared entirely in stainless steel, this wine has amazing structure and layers of complexity that is often not the case for Dolcetto. Firm tannins, black cherries, roses and savory mint follow through on the palate.
If you’re someone who love the big fat silky wines, this wine is for you. When it’s first opened it has an intriguing brambly cigar box aroma, but the pallet seems to be a little disjointed. It only takes a few minutes to sort itself out into a smoky, velvet black cherry pallet with a hint of cinnamon, and smooth vanilla coated tannins. Drink this by itself, it needs only to be enjoyed.
Proprietor Wells Guthrie worked under famed Rhone winemaker Michel Chapoutier and his wines attest to the fact that he is an excellent student. His rose is salmon pink in color with beautiful aromas of citrus red berries and orchard blossoms. On the palate there are wild raspberries, cherries and hints of strawberries and cream. A vibrant acidity makes this wine very food friendly and exceedingly refreshing on its own. Yummy!
%100 Sauvignon Blanc
Fermented in stainless steel
Tropical aromas and flavors of melon, lemongrass and grapefruit are complimented with some minerality and nice acidity. The characteristics of this wine are beautifully displayed and not overpowering. This is a gem at an affordable price. Try it with seafood or summer salads.
This exquisite Iuli ‘Rossure’ from Monferrato in Piedmont is my new favorite Barbera.
Made from organic grapes and seeing 16 months in toasted French oak, it’s exploding with rich dark berry and cherry flavors, yet with a fairly complex tannic structure to support the fruit intensity and just a hint of black pepper on the well integrated finish. Try a bottle today and fall in love.
Whoa, big fruit! Spending the last few months in the land of Chardonnay and rosé for my wine drinking adventures the return to a California cabernet is an interesting change of pace. Carnivor is 75% cabernet sauvignon with a bit of syrah and merlot mixed in for good measure which makes this an easy drinking cabernet relative to a lot of the food pairing wines you’ll find at restaurants.
While full bodied, this cab maintains a deep red color as you swirl it in your glass. Blackberry is the primary flavor that jumps out at you while you settle in to this smooth drinking wine. Oak is apparent through the body of Carnivor as well as licorice or vanilla depending on what you had for dinner.
If you like your wine like you like your women, so to speak, big bold fruit up front paving the way for some toasty oak after a good start together, and a smooth finish to end the encounter… this wine is for you.