2007 Meo-Camuzet Marsannay Red Burgundy.
This is still one of the best deals in fine Burgundy that you can get your hands on, and I highly recommend you do and quick! Meo-Camuzet is a top Domaine and while the top Grand Cru’s are nearly impossible to find vintage to vintage, this is one that can be had, and I’ve had my share since the 1997 vintage and have never been disappointed. The 2007 is a remarkable wine, and I could swear it was a Chambolle-Musigny, and if tasted blind would have guessed as such and would most likely has said it was a $85-125 range Burgundy. The nose is full of violets, blue fruits, rose petals and with a touch of game, very pure and sexy, before a well structured palate of black plum, cherry, blueberry and currant fruits, with round texture and silky tannins. The acidity is lively, but not aggressive and the wine remains in perfect balance from the first glass to the last. The background has mineral, licorice root, baking spices, subtle oak that seems mostly neutral and touches of truffle and dusty earthiness. It is hard to imagine wanting anything more from your wine, and Im looking forward to the next bottle all ready. Drink now and for the next 3 to 5 years.
($45 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
2008 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir “Shea Vineyard” Yamhill-Carlton District , Willamette Valley, Oregon.
I’m at a loss for words, so all I’m going to say is if you are a Pinot Lover, buy up 2008 Willamette Pinots they are the bomb, and if you want something a bit more special then find this wine and be sure to get more than a few! Raptor Ridge always makes a fine wine, but that and with the magic of the Shea Vineyard, plus a great vintage make this a no-brainer. This Pinot Noir has the class and depth of a Grand Cru Burgundy, but with the fullness and terroir of the Shea Vineyard, with layers of fruit and texture. The nose is floral and savory with violets, roses, spice, smoke and truffle, before a lively palate of black cherry, plum, blackberry and tangy currants. The background has gunpowder, mineral, tea spice, briar and fennel with a long and lush finish of vanilla and fruit essence. I think it is wonderful now, but there might be a bit more gained by some years in the cellar. Enjoy this wine and make sure you have a few in the long term to visit later.
($42 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive
2007 Sheldon “Weatherly Cuvee” Petite Sirah/Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.
This is a stunning wine from label to glass, it is sexy and complex, ever changing and seductive with a warm chocolate essence. The nose is Bordeaux like with touches of smoke, vanilla, graphite and crème de cassis, plus a touch of minty menthol. This old vine cuvee has plenty of fruit on the palate and looks set to be a good aging red as well with tannins and acidity holding things together boldly. The mouth is a burst of blackberry, plum and cherry with tobacco, cedar and currant, plus some melted black licorice and pepper. The Sheldon’s found this wonderful field blend vineyard near Calistoga planted to Petit Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, old School Napa style and have hand-crafted one barrel, a hogs head and made only about 36 cases. This wine took nearly two years in the oak to come around, this baby was tough to tame, but it looks great now and should even get better in a few more years, though I doubt any bottle survives that long! (65% Petit Sirah-35% Cabernet Sauvignon)
($42 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
2007 Rudius Syrah “Emerald Pool” Alder Springs, Mendocino County.
Very Cote-Rotie like with lots of violets, blueberry, boysenberry and cassis, hints of meat and spice add to this elegant Syrah. Jeff Ames, winemaker at Tor and one of the hottest consultants in Napa, crafted this wine in a most natural fashion, all natural yeast and small bins used for fermentation were the original picking bins, so no harsh pumping or transfers were used. The “Emerald Pool” has wonderful life and texture and the finish is remarkably long and rich. I would love to have this wine in a line up of top Cote-Roties, tried blind, as I’m sure it would surprise and amaze in that company. This is a sublime wine and one I hope to get more of myself!
($45 Est.) 95+ Points, grapelive
2006 Dujac Fils & Fere Gevrey-Chambertin Red Burgundy.
This Gevrey is bigger and firmer than the Domaine Morey with an earthier and sexier edge to it, and though it is not as delicate it does have impressive depth and pureness. The nose is truffle, wild flowers, smoky sweet oak spices, cedar and game with a lush and vibrant palate of cherry, plum and blueberry fruit with baking spice, mineral notes, clove and vanilla in the background. This is a rich and intense Burgundy, but opens to reveal rose petals and freshness when given air, changing and intriguing with every sip. This wine is a great value for what you get, especially in its class, for a fine Burgundy.
($65 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
This serious and sexy white has vibrant flavors and wonderful texture, and is fast becoming a favorite for most interesting domestic white of the year! Ever since tasting this beauty in barrel I’ve been crazy for her, the nose is more restrained now in bottle, but should get more perfumy with a bit more time, but the layers of stone fruit are amazing and are very Chateauneuf blanc like with apricot, white peach, pear, tangerine, quince, mineral, spice and a touch of tropical fruits. This white had zest and tangy notes, but is lush and round on the palate with a slight creamy/oily feel like a Hermitage blanc, all in balance and with real depth. La Naris is a gem and gives lots of pleasure, good job Sheldon’s, kudos.
($30 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
2008 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.
I waited a long time to try Rudius Cabernet, and built up a powerful expectation, and still this wine blew me away! Jeff Ames, winemaker, crafted a real gem here with Cabernet Fruit from the famed Beckstoffer-George III Vineyard and a bit of Cab Franc that just adds to the wonders of this wine. The nose is is tight still, but gives seductive hints of what is to come, wildflowers and perfume, subtle oak shadings, graphite and blueberry all mingle with red currant before a rich palate of cassis, plum, blackberry and cherry fruits. There is a nice dancing mineral streak, tobacco leaf and licorice note that thrill as well. Plus a touch of liqueur, spice and vanilla that linger make this Cabernet something unique, and it overall seems like you not be far off if you compare it to Bond (Harlan) and Cheval Blanc if you mixed them together. If that comes across as high praise, then it would be as it was meant, this is a great wine period. In simple terms, get it! I’m sure it will only get better in the following 3-5 years, so be sure to lock a few away, even though it is beautiful now.
($65 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive
2007 Michel Gros Chambolle-Musigny Red Burgundy.
This is Chambolle at its charming best with lovely perfume and elegant lively fruit, not a blockbuster or a long term keeper, but a wonderful ready to drink Burgundy. Michel Gros has really come of age with his current line up and the quality of the 2007 is easy to spot, especially in this textured Chambolle-Musigny. The nose lights up your face with fresh roses and violets, and the palate is like watching a Ballerina in top form with cherry, plum and currant fruits plus a lush silky feel. This is a seductive red Burgundy to enjoy now and for the next 3 years, highly recommended.