Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 31, 2019

2017 Weinhaus Peter Lauer, Saar Riesling Feinherb, Barrel X, Mosel Germany -photo grapelive

2017 Weinhaus Peter Lauer, Saar Riesling Feinherb, Barrel X, Mosel Germany.
One of the most exciting producers along the Saar River is Peter Lauer and one of the best values in this part of the Mosel region is his Barrel X Riesling Feinherb, especially in vintages this great, such as this exceptional 2017. This Barrel X is fruity and generous on the palate, but drinks wonderful crisp and drier than you’d expect with radiant yellow fruits, crunchy mineral tones and plenty of mouth watering salinity and stony elements. Adding heightened aromatics and a nice mouth feel Peter Lauer’s little Riesling is quite seductive and transparent with lime, green apple, peach, tangerine and rose hip tea notes in the glass. 2017 is ripe, dense and expressive, but still has reserves of lively acidity and the wine is very energetic and nervy that allows for balance and dynamic tension, which if we are honest is what we are all looking for in Riesling, and the Barrel X delivers it perfectly and at a great price.

Florian Lauer, head of Weinhaus Peter Lauer and famous for their the Kupp Fass 18 Grosses Gewachs, is currently one of the greatest winemakers in the Saar, and his drier wines are in stark contrast to his famous Saar neighbors Egon Müller and Hanno Zilliken. At Lauer, notes their importer Vom Boden the focus here is on the dry-tasting Rieslings, as opposed to the higher residual sugar wines of the mentioned more traditional Egon Mueller and Zillken. Florian who employs natural-yeast fermentations, Vom Boden adds, that Lauer’s wines find their own balance, and they tend to be more textural, deeper and more masculine in style than others in the region. They have a natural vigor and a sense of balance that can be described as singular, while displaying all of the hallmarks of the Saar, purity, precision, rigor, mineral.

In Lauer’s lineup, this Barrel X is the appellation-level or regional expression, it is Lauer’s Platonic ideal of what a Saar Riesling should be. Trying to make it easier to get an idea of what Florian is trying to do with this one, If we were in Burgundy this would be the equivalent of a Bourgogne Blanc and it is sourced from multiple vineyards in three different villages of the Saar. This is always a thrilling off-dry and steely version, lightly sweet, not overtly complicated , impossible to resist and a gateway wine to his more impressive Grand Crus.

Maybe not as complex or as seriously severe as his GG bottlings, this is a stupidly good Riesling to drink any place or time, it is remarkably flexible and can be sipped and quaffed on it’s own by the pool or great for a warm afternoon picnic or BBQ, as well as with a range of cuisine choices. This 2017 Peter Lauer Barrel X Fienherb is pure and vibrant adding wet stones and quince to its profile with air and shimmers in the glass with a greenish, pale golden hue, this is a fun and soulful Riesling of fine quality and value, drink now through 2026.
($25 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 30, 2019

2016 Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo, Nebbiolo, Agamium, Colline Noravesi DOC, Alto Piedmonte, Italy -photo grapelive

2016 Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo, Nebbiolo, Agamium, Colline Noravesi DOC, Alto Piedmonte, Italy.
The smooth and structured Agamium from Alberto Arlunno at Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo is all from the Ghemme zone, but labeled Colline Novaresi DOC, which is known as Alto Piedmonte, a once remote and rustic area that is now one of Italy’s major hot spots for Nebbiolo with well draining rocky soils and old vines. The terroir here was formed in ancient times as the great Monte Rosa glacier receded leaving morainic rock, alluvial deposits with the vineyards being rich in easily fragmented pebbles providing the vines with a quantity of minerals. The vineyards are planted mostly to Spanna, local name for Nebbiolo, 80% in fact, but with also Vespalina and Uva Rara, which makes up a minority of the blends and adds aromatics, color and a light fruity note to the very structured and complex Nebbiolo.

Arlunno uses stainless tanks to ferment and he ages mostly in large Slovenian oak casks and a small amount of French barrels, usually reserved for the top Ghemme offerings, and not in this fresher style wine. The 2016 Agamium by Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo is delicately perfumed, lightly spicy and with exceptional purity of form with layers of classic Nebbiolo flavors including cherry, damson plum, strawberry and tangy currant along with faint tar, cedar, mineral tones and black licorice as well as the rose petal essences you find on the nose. There is good bright acidity, silken tannins, which highlights a vintage that should not be missed in the whole Piedmonte region for Nebbiolo in particular, and subtle earthy/savory elements that come trough on the background of this very pretty Colline Novaresi wine. This is absolutely a producer to check out and follow, and this wine is a beauty and top value, it can be enjoyed now and has enough stuffing to go 5 more years with ease.
($19 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 29, 2019

2017 Kelley Fox Wines, Pinot Noir “Mirabai” Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon -photo grapelive

2017 Kelley Fox Wines, Pinot Noir “Mirabai” Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The sultry and snappy whole cluster 2017 Mirabai Pinot from the talented Kelley Fox, who was until recently the winemaker at Scott Paul Wines is completely focused on her own label and these 2017’s are lovely wines, with this one in particular being wonderfully expressive with bright fruits and with stemmy and earthy tones. Fox’s Mirabai is 50% whole cluster, native yeast fermented and aged in only neutral French oak coming off the Maresh Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA, which she acutely notes is, classically rose petal perfumed saying that the new Mirabai 2017 is an utterly transparent, light red with youthful, fuschia highlights at the edges and is far deeper in flavor than its color might suggest. The 2017 is less ripe in weight, but maybe even more complex than the 2015 and 2016 versions, and the normal yields at Maresh Kelley was able to employ various older block into this Mirabai including Block 1/Red Barn (planted in 1970), the Long Rows (1970) the Old Block (1970), Block 8 (1978), Block 10/Star of Bethlehem Flower Block and Block 7 (1991) all of which adds to the excitement of flavors and depth in this vintage.

This 2017 shines and thrills the palate with tons of energy and a cascade of red fruits that range from brilliant bing cherry, wild plum, raspberry, strawberry to forceful pomegranate and blood orange along with zippy spices including cinnamon, mineral notes, leather/porcini, light cedar, tea notes and volcanic rock elements that reflect the Jory soils and terroir, adding the briar, red pepper, dried cinnamon and minty herbs. Fox adds, the own-rooted and non-irrigated Maresh Vineyard, which was first planted to Pommard and Wädenswil clones in 1970 by Jim and Loie Maresh, at the urging of Dick Erath, on Worden Hill Road above Dundee, and it is situated on a mostly south-facing slope between 500 and 700 feet above sea level, these old vines planted in Jory soil produce Pinot noir with the most seductive texture. I love this 2017 Mirabai, one of the best values in Kelley Fox’s lineup, which is named after the 16th century Indian poet, seer and saint who was known for his beautiful and wild-hearted nature, that reflects the style of this wine too and at 12.5% natural alcohol is lively and brilliantly focused, it should be good ager too, drink now through 2027.
($35 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 28, 2019

2018 Le P’Tit Paysan, Rosé “Pierre’s Pirouette” Central Coast -photo grapelive

2018 Le P’Tit Paysan, Rosé “Pierre’s Pirouette” Central Coast.
The Ian Brand made Le P’Tit Paysan, Rosé, which is Bandol inspired is a dry beauty in the glass with striking crisp detail and energy with brisk grapefruit, strawberry, sour cherry and watermelon fruits, wet stone, mineral notes, rosewater and savory white pepper spice. this vintage of Pierre’s Pirouette is exquisitely crafted using 61% Mourvédre, 34% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, which helps explain the structure and intensity found here on the palate of this ultra pale pinkish wine. This is the perfect wine for Opening Day, I mean Rosé season, but it will be equally good with baseball season, Go Giants! 2018 is going to be a legendary vintage for the central coast, it’s is already showing a purity, class and depth that is absolutely stunning and all with heightened perfume and vibrancy.

Brand’s steely fresh Le P’Tit Paysan, Rosé “Pierre’s Pirouette” according to the winery, is crafted from some Grenache from the granitic alluvium of Arroyo Seco, which adds the bright tang, plus more Grenache, some Mourvédre, and Cinsault comes from the calcium rich Aguajito Shale bluffs above the Arroyo Seco River, with the meat of this wine, more powerful Mourvédre from the calcareous alluvium around the San Benito Arroyo. The grapes were picked below 22 brix, with bright natural acidity with each each lot seeing on average of about just 6 hours of skin contact. This 2018 Le P’Tit Paysan Dry Rosé was fermented in several lots at cold temperatures for fresh detail, bright aromatics, brisk acidity, elegant minerality and it delivers a diverse set of flavors. Ian used only stainless steel fermentation and aging along with an arrested secondary fermentation, with zero malos and it was sterile filtered.

This is a wine that begs for a beach and warm sunsets, but can offer enough seriousness to go with a vast array of cuisine choices, and I can’t wait to enjoy it with mussels in a spicy broth! Ian Brand’s latest releases are simply awesome and each wine shows a distinct personality and while his Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mourvèdre grab the headlines, you’ll want to stock up on his latest “Pierre’s Pirouette” Rosé, especially this vintage. If you want some cool, chalky and crisp Rosé this season be sure to find this wine it’s one of the state’s best, along with Bedrock’s Ode to Lulu, Arnot-Roberts’ Touriga Rosé, Tablas Creek’s set of pinks, Bonny Doon’s Cigare Vin Gris, Poe’s Meunier based Rosé and others, this Brand Rosé is tasty stuff!
($19 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 27, 2019

2013 Domaine Vincent Paris, Cornas “Granit 30” Northern Rhone, France -photo grapelive

2013 Domaine Vincent Paris, Cornas “Granit 30” Northern Rhone, France.
Vincent Paris, a native of Cornas, started his label in 1997 and since then has become a rising star in the Northern Rhone and his vines (some of which are 100 years old) came from his grandfather, and also rents vines from his uncle, the legendary Cornas vigneron Robert Michel with top cru parcels in great terroir. The biodynamically farmed vines, which are located ialong the southeast facing Cornas slope make for powerful and complex wines and Paris is making some amazing offerings that include his Granit 30, like this one, and Granit 60, that take their names from the slope and grade in the vineyards and average vine age(s), respectively.

2013 is a vintage that needed a few extra years to show its best, and this one especially has gained in all areas with that time, it fills the palate with black fruits, spice, earth and light floral tones with boysenberry, blueberry, damson plum, kirsch and currants along with minty herbs, camphor/graphite, anise, crushed violets, loam and stones, adding hints of cedar and game with air. This is a sturdy effort, slightly rustic in nature, but with pretty detail and substance with a vivid purple/garnet hue in the glass, it is a Cornas of style and serious impact that way out performs the price. I have been following the Paris wines for a few vintages and especially this bottling, they are fabulous wines across the range and I can’t wait to try the 2016’s and 2017’s once they get a few more years on them, and I highly recommend searching them out.

The tightly wound and seductively layered 2013 Vincent Paris “Granit 30” Cornas comes from Vincent’s youngest vines on the lowest part of the slope of decomposed granite on the lieu-dits of St. Pierre and Patou in the Mazards zone. These plots deliver ripe flavors, medium tannins and savory tones, helped by being planted at about 300 meter elevation. Vincent uses up to 15% stems depending on vintage, to add complexity and structure, while allowing the wine to be beautifully polished and easy to drink in its youth. This deep and brooding 100% Syrah was fermented in a combination of stainless and wood at low temperatures and will only native yeasts, then the Granit 30 is aged 12 months in barrel, before bottling, all unfined and unfiltered. Vincent Paris does a couple of super rare wines too, his “Cornas” grown Blanc, his 100 year old vine Cornas, a wine on par with Allemand and Clape, as well his Saint-Joseph Rouge that is stunningly pure. This winery is rocking it right now and this Granit 30 should not be missed, look for any vintage from 2012 to 2017, which is supposed to be insanely good, but this sleeper year 2013 is very impressive and would be a savvy score if you can find it.
($30-40 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 26, 2019

2016 Pax, Carignan, Testa Vineyard, Mendocino County -photo grapelive

2016 Pax, Carignan, Testa Vineyard, Mendocino County.
The joyously tasty all carbonic Pax Carignan comes of the old Testa Vineyard in Mendocino County, from vines that were originally planted back in 1912 by Gaetano and Maria Testa on a slight rise that is covered in deep Yakayo Series sandy-loam soil. This soil was derived from sedimentary rock, and this is some of the fluffiest and lightest soils Pax has ever seen, with the vines all dry-farmed and organic, which limits the yields and adds to the layering of flavors and the concentration that ends up in the wine. Maria the Testa’s great granddaughter and her husband Rusty, are the 4th generation to run the property and do so with great care and respect for the land and the family traditions. Pax expresses the site by using the old vine 100% Carignan, that as mentioned is 100% carbonic maceration and using 100% whole-cluster, as well as employing only native yeasts. He (Pax Mahle) ages the Testa Carignan in neutral French Oak puncheons, and this beautifully detailed vintage came in at just 11.9% natural alcohol making for a bright and crunchy wine that is easy to quaff.

This 2016 is forward and juicy with a deep fruit profile that leans on blueberry, plum and currant, but is balanced nicely by the stems, that adds a tangy, savory background that really balances everything to perfection with hints of sage, basil and anise along with fresh vibrant acids, a mineral note and crushed violets. This medium bodied Carignan is pure joy in the glass and impresses the senses with it’s vivid purple/garnet color and burst of fruit, spice and crisp lines. Pax Wines, which was founded back in 2000, are Rhone specialists and while known for his world class Syrah bottlings, Pax has also created a gorgeous line of alternative offerings including a fun Gamay, Chenin Blanc, Trousseau Gris, and this gem of a Carignan, all of which are mostly sold direct, as they are made in such limited quantities. Pax, who’s recovering from the floods that swamped his winery in Sebastopol, is one of California’s best and most influential winemakers and his latest wines are stylish and impeccably made, don’t miss a chance to help him out and be rewarded with some great wines!
($26 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 25, 2019

2016 Weingut Korrell Johanneshof, Riesling Eiswein, Paradies, Bad Kreuznach, Nahe Germany -photo grapelive

2016 Weingut Korrell Johanneshof, Riesling Eiswein, Paradies, Bad Kreuznach, Nahe Germany.
Korrell is one of the Nahe’s latest break out stars and every wine I’ve tried from Martin Korrell has been absolutely stunning, including this Eiswein. Crafted from old vines at their estate monopole Paradies Vineyard in Bad Kreuznach, from those grapes that hang out until the first freeze and were individual berry picked off the vine. Concentrated in sugars, but still bristling with natural acidity the gorgeous and opulent 2016 Korrell Eiswein Paradies goes on and on in mouth. Even with the residual sugar levels off the carts, this wine stays incredibly balanced and doesn’t drink as sweet as you’d imagine, making for a heavenly experience from its perfumed nose to its lingering tropical fruits.

This is entrancing stuff with layers of lychee, candied pineapple, apricot jelly, honeycomb, lime blossom, white roses, chamomile, a hint of spearmint, mineral spice and cool wet stone. A rare and exotic, this Korrell Eiswein is treat beyond words, and while the Mosel is better known for sweet wines, I have found the Nahe in some vintages are more than equal, in fact I still think a contender for the greatest wine I ever tasted was one of Donnhoff’s version of Eiiswein from just up the river! While Tokaji and Sauternes grab sweet wine headlines, I honestly believe the Germans have them beat with TBA’s and Eiswein, because of the racy acidity that still remains in these Riesling beauties.

Korrell used specially selected yeasts as there is no chance to do Sponti on the ultra concentrated Paradies Eiswein, it needs extra special attention to detail, Korrell adds, It is pressed in a special small press for sweet wines with low quantity, read tiny production, but not wooden because they don’t want too much air contact, to keep and preserve the exotic fruit aromas as much as possible as well as fresh details. Tasted from 375ml, half bottle, the 2016 Korrell Paradies Eiswein is an amazing product, and sadly isn’t listed in the United States as of yet, though their Trocken(s) should be available later this spring or early summer, so remember this one for if and when you get to Germany.
($n/a) 94 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 24, 2019

2017 Drew Family Cellars, Pinot Noir, Morning Dew Ranch, Anderson Valley -photo grapelive

2017 Drew Family Cellars, Pinot Noir, Morning Dew Ranch, Anderson Valley.
The new Drew Morning Dew Pinot is an amazing wine, I cannot recommend their wines more highly and this 2017 vintage looks to be one of the best all around yet, this one highlights the year, the sense of place and proves to be a wine of substance and delicacy. Without question Jason Drew is making some of the great wines in California these days and over the last few vintages his Pinots are almost unrivaled, especially his Mendocino Ridge and cooler Anderson Valley sites, not just his estate offerings, but those from Wendling and this Bert William’s Morning Dew Ranch are absolutely stunning as well. These Drew wines are complex, translucent and full of vitality with pure and precise detail paying exceptional attention to the vineyard as well as showing an x factor in the glass. It was with massive expectations I counted the minutes to get the latest releases from Drew that included the Valenti Syrah, the Wendling Pinot and of course the Morning Dew Ranch bottling, that was missing from the last vintage and for which I was most excited to getting.

The Morning Dew Ranch, the retirement project from the iconic Bert Williams the founding winemaker of the famous Williams Selyem Winery, sits in the deep end of Anderson Valley, located on a south west facing hillside up at about between 600 and 800 feet in elevation on Franciscan Series soils, which are are well-drained, slowly permeable marine sediment and a mix of rock including schist, sandstone, basalt and shales on mountains and uplands of the coastal ranges. Williams planted his vineyard, and Drew uses both a Rochioli clone and a 828- La Tache selection, with Jason choosing two separate blocks on the hillside.

In this 2017 vintage Drew went with about 15% whole clusters along with only native yeasts during fermentation, with gorgeous results, the resulting Morning Dew Pinot is bright and with a garnet and ruby hue in the glass, and even with the heat spike near Labor Day, the balance is impeccable and the natural alcohol came in at a refined 13% with yields kept tight at just 2 tons per acre adds to the concentrated mouth feel and depth of dark fruit on the medium bodied palate. Jason also went with 11 months in barrel only racking by gravity twice before bottling, and he used most well season French oak here with just 20% new in the final blend of this thrilling new Morning Dew Ranch. This is just awesome stuff to enjoy for the 15 to 20 years, I am so glad I got more than one bottle, as I want to re-visit this in 10 years, its potential seems off the charts.

The invigorating youthful nature hides an underlying class and dimension that will certainly prevail in the coming years, that said with air it is impossible to deny the greatness here, the nose alone seduces the senses with floral intensity and exotic red fruits leading the way to the satiny mouth with black cherry, plum, pomegranate and wild vine huckleberry fruits forming a core profile along with light toasty mocha and cola bean elements, cinnamon, brambly/briar spices, mineral tones, framboise, earl grey and a sensation of candied citrus and racy currant that helps add a slight tangy to the generous ripeness here. The youthful creaminess ebbs away with air and this wine gains a serious structural quality that is backward, but hints to the glorious future in store for Drew’s 2017 Morning Dew Ranch, reminding me of great Volnay wines, though to be honest, this is a California wine through and through and even the Burgundy guys would be hard pressed to make a wine of this kind of intrigue, beauty and incredible refinement.

This was my first 2017 from Drew, I can hardly contain myself thinking about the rest of his lineup, if you are not on their list, you need to be.
($55 Est.) 97 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 23, 2019

2014 Chateau Haut-Ségottes, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Red Bordeaux, France -photo grapelive

2014 Chateau Haut-Ségottes, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Red Bordeaux, France.
A highly entertaining wine and sleeper in this ho hum vintage, the Chateau Haut-Ségottes shows a classic and decedent array of dark fruit, loamy earth, bramble and a subtle chalkiness with layers of blackberry, plum, black cherry and mulberry fruit along with hints of cedar, anise, a faint green pepper and floral tones. There is a lot to like here and it’s Cabernet Franc based flavor profile adds to the intrigue and keeps this refined Bordeaux from being much the same to an ever growing list of generic offerings from the Saint-Emilion area that these days, while well made, all seem a touch overly ripe, over oaked and lacking of individual charm. This deep garnet hued 2014 Haut-Ségottes gets better and better in the glass adding a touch of currant and mineral along with bit of black olive, which add to the complexity here in a medium full bodied wine that is much more old school in style that most of its contemporaries and frankly make it more interesting.

The Chateau Haut Ségottes is owned and operated by Danielle Meunier and her team and is well admired for the estate’s right bank wines that are Merlot and Cabernet Franc based. In 1972 Madame Meunier took the reins of production, becoming as her importers notes a “vigneronne extraordinaire”, she is the fourth generation of her family to oversee this nine hectare estate situated in the heart of the Saint Emilion appellation, and Mme. Meunier’s great-grandfather purchased the estate around 1860 and had earned gold medals for his wine as early as 1912 at the Concours Agricole in Paris. Sitting right next to the fabled Chaval Blanc and the highly regarded Plateau de Corbin, Chateau Haut Ségottes obviously sits on amazing terroir with it’s underpinning of limestone and clay soils with vines that are planted to about 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and close to 5% Cabernet Sauvignon which form the base of this Chateau’s wines. Noted for her obsessive attention to detail and care in both her vineyards and in the cave (cellar) the wines are beautiful reflective of this with transparency and ultra clean and soil based personality.

The wonderfully pure and lightly spicy 2014 Chateau Haut-Ségottes, is a rich, without heaviness, in fact it is pretty and compelling now for a wine that, while youthful, seems comfortable to be opened now, as it is drinking well with its lovely dark fruits shining intensely. The primary fermentation takes place in cuve, before being racked to barrel, 20% new oak and is bottled unfiltered. Although the majority of the vineyards are planted to Merlot (see above), the final cuvée bottled as Chateau Haut-Segottes is a Cabernet Franc dominated blend, usually about 65% Franc, that sees 18 months in barrel. There is no question the 2015 and 2016 will have a more flamboyant nature given the vintages’ greatness and density, but it would be ashamed to overlook a fine effort like this one, especially in the form it is in right now, this 2014 Haut-Ségottes is really good.
($48 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 22, 2019

2017 Nanclares y Prieto, Albarino “Tempus Vivendi Rosina” Rias Baixas, Spain -photo grapelive

2017 Nanclares y Prieto, Albariño “Tempus Vivendi Rosina” Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain.
Nanclares y Prieto, led by Alberto Nanclares and joined by the youthful talents of Silvia Prieto, has fast become the go to Albariño estate in Spain’s Rias Baixas with their handcrafted biodynamic/organic wines. Based in the Cambados zone, Nanclares’ estate wines are unique Atlantic influenced Albariños grown at sea level on a mix of sand, clay and granite soils that allow these wines to display a deep saline quality as well as a striking mineral core, these are as authentic and as pure as it gets, and in some cases rival classic Chablis and Mosel Rieslings in personality and expression, especially in vintages such as this 2017. The Nanclares y Prieto Tempus Vivendi comes from 6 parcels in the parroquias (or parishes) of Vilalonga, Noalla and Dorrón close to the municipality of Sanxenxo along the Atlantic coast in the famed sub zone of Val do Salnés from historic and traditional Pergola trained and grown vines that range from 25 to 40 years old.

This bright, but richly flavored 2017 Tempus Vivendi was pressed whole cluster and fermented in steel tank, allowing native yeasts and non malolactic conversion, to preserve its natural freshness and retain high acidity. While crisp and zippy, this Albariño was raised on the lees over winter, which adds wonderful texture and mouth feel and was bottled with very low levels of SO2, and was neither clarified or filtered. The nose has white flowers, salty stones, citrus and orchard fruits along with a brioche note all of which transfers to the palate inshore detail as well as lovely apple, peach and key lime fruits. This zesty wine is crunchy and stony with wet rock and energetic vitality, but is ripely generous and complex, making it joyous with a wide variety of cuisine options, but of course it is ultra special with sea food dishes from paella to steamed mussels, plus briny oysters and or sardines.

This bottling is a tribute to Alberto’s great passion for sailing and the wines true soulful connection to the sea, I love these wines and almost every vintage is a treat, especially the regular estate version along with this Tempus Vivendi and the tasty little Dandelion cuvee, and while limited and mostly hard to find they are well worth the extra effort it takes to get a few bottles, drink up.
($24 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive