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Grapelive Wine of the Week

By Kerry Winslow

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2007 Jean Foillard Fleurie Cru Beaujolais, France.
Everything about this beautiful and sublime wine says perfection, except maybe the price, but it really is worth it in the end, and I know I’ll be spending some dough on a few more bottles I’m sure. Domaine Jean Foillard are artists with Gamay and this wine, while not even an 09, is stunning and elegant with crushed violets, strawberry, currants, tangy cherry and wild berry, while there is silky texture and touches of pecan shells and walnut oil in the background. This wine starts with a whiff of hay and blackberries and unfolds like a great Burgundy with balance and grace. The color is rich and unfiltered cloudy with purple edges and strawberry jam middle that dances in the light, very pretty. Without question this is an amazing wine that reveals layers of seductive complexities and is the best Fleurie I’ve ever had!
($50 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

Available at www.sfwtc.com ($47.95)

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Grapelive Latest

Grapelive Wine of the Week

By Kerry Winslow

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2008 De Ponte Cellars Pinot Noir “Dundee Hills” Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
I visited the winery back in 2008 and left feeling this was a winery to watch, and this wine proved it to me. I fell in love with their 2006 Estate and had my mind blown by their 2004 Reserve, and now I’m falling all over myself for this vintage! This wine has all the structure and class that makes Burgundy so wonderful and it has Dundee terroir and new world fruit richness all bundled together in perfect harmony. The color is dark, but with a hint of cloudiness, maybe unfiltered with a vibrant strawberry hue under the more garnet core. The nose is still developing with pretty floral and mineral tones coming forward while hints of tea and dried rose petals linger in the background along with subtle smoke and wood notes. The palate is full of vigor and drive, but never is anything but elegant and focused with layers of black cherry, blackberry, plum and tangy currant fruits, leaving touches of truffle, lavender and spice to keep you interested. The wine expands in the mouth with great detail and sublime balance, with a long finish that has just the right amount of creamy vanilla from the French oak. Look for this beauty just to get better for the next 3-5 years and has the right levels of acidity and fruit to go 10 years I should think. This is a fine and textured Pinot Noir that has me hooked, and I am going to be sure I put some away.
($38 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive


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Grapelive Latest

Grapelive Wine of the Week

By Kerry Winslow

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1996 Rocche dei Manzoni “Bricco Manzoni” Langhe Rosso, Piedmonte, Italy.
This stunning wine tastes young, fresh and vibrant, can it be really 15 years old? Yes it is and getting better by the minute! Sampling this wine was a pleasure and interesting to see it progress as the evening came and went, it just got better and better with air and still had remarkably pure color, almost showing no signs of age. This was like a classic vintage Barolo, rock hard and tight with earthy leathery edginess to start, then opening into a beautiful and complex wine with grace and elegance gathering strength over the course of an hour or so. Pretty floral notes took a long time to come forward, but did so with style and perfume to go with layers of fruit, sour cherry, blackberry, currant, plum and fig. The background of tea spice, celery root, truffle, minerals and subtle wood all add to the heady mix, making for a very special wine. ($45 Est.) 93-94 Points, grapelive

Available at www.sfwtc.com ($39.95)

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