Monthly Archives: September 2019

Grapelive: Classic Flashback, Monday Sept. 30, 2019

1976 Weingut Fritz Haag – Ferdinand Haag Erben, Riesling Beerenauslese, Brauneberger Mondelgroben, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany -photo grapelive

1976 Weingut Fritz Haag – Ferdinand Haag Erben, Riesling Beerenauslese, Brauneberger Mondelgroben, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany.
What an amazing treat to try the 1976 Beerenauslese from Fritz Haag, and even this was a less than perfect bottle, it was absolutely gorgeous and still fresh and graceful, losing sweetness and picking up the legendary complexity of pedigreed handcrafted sweet wine and showing a light Botrytis honeycomb and trufflely earthiness. The terrifyingly steep Brauneberg hillside has been revered as a top vineyard site since the Romans first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley. In their day it was called “dulcis mons,” which is Latin for “sweet mountain” is home to Fritz Haag, one the Central Mosel’s finest wine estates known for their amazing long lived Riesling grown on pure slate soils. This Beerenauslese comes from the Brauneberger Mondelgroben cru, a lower parcel with a slightly more humid condition that promotes noble rot in some years, though is now rarely used as a single site bottling, which was brought to my attention by a collector of fine Germany wines. This 1976 gives a star performance in the glass with a golden/amber hue and lovely nose of wilted roses, salted caramel, autumn leaves, clove and dried honey with tangerine, baked apricot, lemon curd, crystalized ginger, chamomile tea, wild mushrooms and apple butter. The texture is dreamy smooth, and while sweet and concentrated it is graced with a remarkable lift of acidity still pumping energy through this well balanced old Riesling.

The historic Fritz Haag wine estate is located in the heart of Germany’s middle Mosel River Valley, where it is known for its classic and traditional Riesling wines in Kabinett, Spatlese and Auslese levels, while most recently they added a dry GG from their top Grand Cru vineyard. The earliest documentation of the estate, according to Haag’s importer the Loosen Bros., dates back to 1605 when the local village was known as “Dusemond.” Though, like in Burgundy, In 1925, this village was renamed “Brauneberg” (“brown mountain,” a reference to the color of the slate soil in this area of the Mosel) in an endeavour to further promote the reputation of its world-renowned vineyards “Brauneberger Juffer” and “Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr.” The Loosen’s add, that this excellent micro-climate and the deep slate soils of the Brauneberg hillside yield some of the most intensely flavored and elegantly-structured Riesling wines of the Mosel region, which after having this and many other of Haag’s wines over the years has convinced me of the greatness here, having loved Fritz’s wines and in modern times, since the 2005 vintage, his son Oliver’s fine examples. Sadly, with climate change and modern tastes, these kind of wines are getting scarce, and that it why finding them is a treasure, I am thrilled and grateful to have enjoyed a nice pour of this delicious slightly waxy nectar.
($N/A) 96 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 30, 2019

2016 Roald Wine Company, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast -photo grapelive

2016 Roald Wine Company, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast.
The beautiful Roald Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is one of the brand new set of wines from winemaker Greg Nelson, who gained experience in both the cellar and the lab at multiple wineries, after moving to Sonoma, including legends Ramey and Martinelli, and he also assisted with the founding Conarium Wines before starting his solo effort label Roald Wine Company. This 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay comes from hillside fruit that is grown on a mountain vineyard that overlooks the Petaluma Wind Gap, where, according to Nelson, they are constantly bathed in a gentle sea breeze. The cool coastal weather allows for a long hang time and the development of complexity in the grapes, which this lovely Chardonnay shows with a concentration of flavors that explode on the medium/full bodied palate. Layered and toasty this 2016 is hitting a really good point of youthful freshness and depth with apple, pear and lemon fruits leading the way with a tough of honeysuckle, vanilla, pie crust, clove and key lime. The coastal influence and maritime climate helps acidity along the unique semi-volcanic soils that includes a unique deposit of petrified wood adds a sense of spice and mineral intensity.

Nelson was born in Indiana and went to high school in New York State near Buffalo. While attending college in Madison, Wisconsin, he frequented a wine shop where he was introduced to wines from Europe and California. He developed a passion for wine, but started first in Biology, getting a PhD in the field at UC San Diego, where he also discovering the sweet taste receptor and the umami taste receptor, earning many accolades and scientific awards like being a Beckman Scholar with the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, a Hewitt Fellowship, and publication in leading scientific journals! Greg, recently started the Roald label, which is named for his father who he admired greatly and was responsible for his interest in the sciences and heavily influenced him with a positive outlook, a quest to be the best he could be and a calm methodical approach to like and it’s opportunities. Well priced for the quality and style with good racy energy this barrel fermented and aged Chardonnay is everything it is supposed to be and more, drink it now and over the next 2 to 5 years and with roast chicken, soft cheeses and or richer sea food, fish and lobster dishes. This wine, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and the Roald Pinot Noir are wines to search out and this is a label to keep an eye out for.
($24 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 29, 2019

2018 Cave Dog, Albarino, Napa Valley -photo grapelive

2018 Cave Dog, Albarino, Napa Valley.
The absolutely outstanding new release from Michael Havens is a highlight in this spectacular vintage for California white wines, his 2018 is full of personality, zip and surprising depth, it sets the standard for Albariño in the New World. Bright and aromatic the new vintage is almost Txakolina like at first before gaining depth in glass with zesty citrus and green apple fruits, a hint of an almost leesy richness unfolding with plenty of mineral, wet stone and saline to keep it mouth waveringly fresh with a touch of jasmine, herb and verbena/rose tea spice. This wine is classic Albarino from start to finish, which is especially apt considering Havens was the first to plant and make Albarino in the country, on this very plot of tough soil in the southern part of the Napa Valley, originally put in the ground back in 1997. He established this parcel Albariño vines with budwood that originated from the Morgadio estate in Rias Baixas, Albarino’s spiritual home region in Spain’s cool northwestern side in Galicia where the Atlantic Ocean keeps everything salty and fresh. Interestingly, he was not done with Galician grapes, as he notes, in 2009, working with grower friend of his John Baillie, in Sonoma Valley, just off Sonoma Mountain, he oversaw the grafting of the first vineyard of Godello in California. This sourced from one of Spain’s greatest wine wine producers, As Sortes, and Morgan Twain-Peterson and Havens produced the first U.S. Godello from those vines in 2012, under their Abrente label, which also did Havens Albarino for a few vintages before his Cave Dog label was born.

I first started following Michael Havens, when he was making wine under the Havens Wine Cellars label, of which he is not involved with any longer, and I was especially taken by his wonderful Saint-Emilion style red wine made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it back then was called Bourriquot and it was one of the exquisite Bordeaux blends in Napa Valley, known for its restraint and finesse, often rivaling the best meritage wines, including Opus One and the Joseph Phelps Insignia! Havens, who has been a consultant, as he notes, to many different producers, from family wineries like Truchard Vineyards to industry titans such as Foster’s Wine Group. He says his experiences have allowed him to work with nearly every varietal grown in California, including the ones he introduced to the state Godello and this Albarino, giving him plenty of opportunities to experiment over the decades. The vibrant and aromatic 2018 Cave Dog Albarino is full of intensity and energy, it was all stainless steel fermented and aged without malo-lactic conversion, making for a wine that begs for fresh briny oysters, mussels in wine and garlic broth and or linguine and clams! The more I sip this very studied version of Albarino the more I’m reminded of the great wines from Rias Baixas and especially the old vine Alvarinho from Quinta do Regueiro in the Minho region of Portugal, which is absolutely awesome, Havens is making some thrilling stuff here, keep an eye out for these Cave Dog wines and or join his mailing list!
($30 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 28, 2019

2017 Waxwing, Syrah, Coastview Vineyard, Monterey County -photo grapelive

2017 Waxwing, Syrah, Coastview Vineyard, Monterey County.
Scott Sisemore’s Waxwing Wine Cellars continues to impress and turn out small production hand crafted wines, like this Coastview Syrah, at very fair prices and showcase some interesting and unique vineyard sites and terroirs. Sisemore, who has had jobs at
Ravenswood Winery and Rosenblum Cellars, along with other notable California producers, as well as making wine abroad in both India and Chile. Most recently, before founding Waxwing in 2006, Scott served as associate winemaker at Pelligrini Family Vineyards, and with more than 20 years experience in the industry has had a chance to work with many top notch vineyards giving him some useful insight on which regions and varietals he wants to focus on, which leans heavily on cool climate site with Pinot and Syrah being his favorites. Coastview Vineyard in Monterey County is a nice elevated sire set on diatomaceous soils and is locally renowned for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a selection of Rhone grapes with Syrah, some Grenache and Mourvèdre doing really well there, with some outstanding wines coming off this vineyard, like those from Big Basin, and now Waxwing with this tasty Syrah.

The profile on the 2017 Waxwing Coastview Syrah is in between Northern and hillside Southern Rhone sites like Vinsobres, which has that warm Mediterranean ripe density, while still having a Saint-Joseph aromatic quality, making this wine sing in the glass with crushed red berries, incense floral notes, earthy tones and loads of spice. Scott likes to pick the grapes at modest brix levels, ferment with little or no additions and age in broken-in barrels from a variety of French coopers, to make wines that show a transparent set of layers with this one showing blackberry, plum, blueberry and racy cherry fruits, a hint of crushed rock, camphor, dried violets, minty herb and a lingering touch of creme de cassis, cedar and peppery sage. There is still some youthful tannin and mouth watering acidity keeping things edgy and vibrant, best to decant and have with robust food choices, this is stylish effort that should gain greatly with another year or two in bottle. Also, keep an eye out for his Tondre Grapefield Riesling and especially the Dierberg Vineyard Syrah, which is absolutely outstanding as well.
($35 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 27, 2019

2017 Desire Lines Wine Co. Riesling, Cole Ranch Vineyard & AVA, Mendocino County -photo grapelive

2017 Desire Lines Wine Co. Riesling, Cole Ranch Vineyard & AVA, Mendocino County.
Cody Rasmussen’s Desire Lines Wine Co. Cole Ranch Riesling is a lovely dry acid driven white that impresses for its purity and vigor with a crisp minerally and vibrant citrus and stone fruits that thrill in the glass. West Coast Rieslings are staging a comeback of sorts after fading somewhat with the rise of the Finger Lakes in New York State in United States and many serious wines have come out in recent vintages, led by the likes of Brooks in Oregon, Tatomer in Santa Barbara, Cobb and Reeve in Sonoma County along with Morgan, Stirm and Joyce in Monterey County to name a few doing world class stuff, with Desire Lines Wine Co. joining this group and others crafting brilliant Rieslings. Of course I have missed a few other favorites, but this niche market is growing and the dry styles are getting more and more attention and these California offerings should be taken seriously. I admit I’m a Riesling junkie and usually pretty snobby, so it’s been very exciting to see just how good this grape can do in California, and Rasmussen’s Cole Ranch Mendocino County Riesling is really really solid with layers of brisk green apple, melon, unripe/tart apricot/peach and zesty lime fruits with a touch of verbena, spearmint and crushed wet stones, a bit like some fine Aussie versions and with a bone dry saline rich finish. This is very refreshing stuff with a cool steely personality, even in a warm vintage, I can’t wait to see how the 2018 turns out and it will be very interesting to compare the two vintages!

The Cole Ranch Vineyard, located between Ukiah and Boonville, is not just a vineyard it is also a single AVA and has a great track record for producing fine Riesling grapes. Cole Ranch’s long been the home of true Riesling vintage and it has a stellar history being the location that provided amazing grapes that were made by the legendary Dick Arrowood, while at Chateau St. Jean in the 70s and 80s. As Rasmussen notes, the vineyard is a rare example of where the appellation and vineyard name are one and the same, making it in effect what the French would call a “monopole” site. The vineyard, Cody adds, climate is defined by exceptionally cold nights and moderate days, which keeps the acids brilliant and extends hang-time well into the harvest season, which adds to the complexity in the Cole Ranch Riesling, the comes through with every sip here. This vintage is still current, so you should be able to find it, but as mentioned the 2018 has the potential to be even better and that should be hitting the market really soon, and I highly advise getting on the Desire Lines Wine Co. mailing list, these wines are awesome, as I have reviewed in recent months, especially their Syrah offerings, such as the Griffin’s Lair and Shake Ridge, and I will remind readers here that Cody is the assistant winemaker at Morgan Twain-Peterson’s Bedrock Wine Company in Sonoma, where he helps makes some of California’s best wines. This tasty Riesling is perfect for our Indian Summer days and is an awesome Sushi pairing wine, drink over the next 2 to 3 years.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 26, 2019

2017 Morgan Winery, Syrah G17, Santa Lucia Highlands -photo grapelive

2017 Morgan Winery, Syrah G17, Santa Lucia Highlands.
One of the best Syrah values out there is the dark fruit driven and savory toned Morgan G17, which is a blend of 90% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and uniquely 5% Tempranillo sourced mostly from the cool climate Santa Lucia Highlands along with minority of grapes from Arroyo Seco. The Syrah character shines through here and it reminds me somewhat of Saint-Cosme’s Syrah based Cotes-du-Rhone(s) though it is slightly richer and shows a warm ripeness of fruit led by boysenberry, damson plum, black raspberry and bright cherry layers along with crushed flowers, mineral tones, hints of sweet smoke, creme de cassis, pepper, cinnamon spiciness and sappy herbs. The acidity is lifting and tannins are lovely in their silky presence on the medium/full bodied palate and the finish is impressive for a wine in this price class, making this wine a bargain and one that highlights the quality at Morgan and savvy of the winemaking. I have long maintained that Syrah has eclipsed Pinot Noir in the sandy loamy soils of the SLH, anyone that has tasted the Lucia, Roar, Joyce, Sandlands, Cattleya and Morgan’s will see that.

Morgan’s latest set of wines from the 2017 and 2018 vintages are exceptional and while known for their outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay offerings, especially their Cru set of single vineyard wines like the Rosella’s, Garys’ and the estate Double L, but under new winemaker Sam Smith, the whole lineup has really improved with wines like this one, along with their lesser known offerings including their Albarino, Grenache Blanc and the two outstanding Rieslings! This dark ruby/purple G17 Syrah expands as it gets air and gets more and more pleasing with every sip and more rewarding, especially with a robust meal and cuisine, going great with grilled meats, Zuni Cafe style chicken over bitter greens and or wild mushroom dishes. Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, the G17 Syrah got just about 25% new, which does show in the wine’s luxurious and opulence with a nice toasty finish and creamy texture that doesn’t take away anything from the elegance and freshness of fruit, this is tasty stuff.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 25, 2019

2018 Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Cuvée Faustino Rosé, Vin de France, Ajaccio, Corsica, France -photo grapelive

2018 Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Cuvée Faustino Rosé, Vin de France, Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
The Domaine Comte Abbatucci is one of Corsica’s most noble estates and with a long history of quality wines on this forbidding and fiercely independent Island, it is run by the charismatic Jean-Charles Abbatucci, a direct descendant of the General Charles Abbatucci, who’s image graces some of the higher end labels, from Ajaccio, who was a hero of the French Revolution and comrade in arms of another local hero, Napoléon Bonaparte. According to Abbatucci’s famous importer Kermit Lynch, the estate’s vines come from cuttings of indigenous grapes, sourced decades ago high up in the isolated and mountainous interior of the island from elderly peasant farmers, effectively saving several native varieties from extinction and preserving ancient winemaking traditions against the tide of international style wines. The beautiful wines from this Domaine are all biodynamic and have been certified since 2000 and while known for their reds, the winery also makes a series a wonderful whites, sparkling and this lovely and deeply flavored dry Cuvée Faustino Rosé, which was crafted from 90% Sciaccarellu and 10% Barbarossa grapes that were grown on the region’s granite soils. Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, on the south western side of the island, you will see the name Abbatucci as there are streets, monuments and plazas that are dedicated to General Jean-Charles Abbatucci, it’s a historic respect to carries on today in this prideful place.

This 2018 Faustino Rosé is briskly focused and crisp with layers of dusty raspberry, pink citrus, sour cherry and strawberry fruits along with wet stone, mouth watering saline, mineral tones and a light spicy zest. While an all stainless steel fermented Rosé, there is a sense of fullness on the palate and depth gaining weight with air and adding floral notes and a element of earthiness as well, it is a wine that compares well with some of the top Cotes de Provence and Bandol bottlings. The vines average 20 years old, so they have concentration and complexity that transmits into the finished wine and make this Cuvée Faustino Rosé a joyous offering with meals, it has substance and pairs with array of cuisine options, though of course, it shines with Corsica’s rustic dishes and or sea food stews. There is a lot to admire here and whether or not you enjoy this stuff with food or just have it with an Indian Summer sunset, it handles the occasion with poise and authentic ease. Lynch adds, this organic estate just south of Ajaccio, keeps a pristine poly-culture ecosystem in place, complete with herds of sheep foraging through his vines, groves of olive trees on ancient terraces, and large swaths of untouched forests, with an eccentric edge, Abbatucci even plays traditional Corsican polyphonic songs over loudspeakers for the benefit of his vines! I love these wines and in particular this pink one, like Clos Cibonne, it never fails to impress, be sure not to miss it.
($38 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 24, 2019

2018 Joyce Wine Company, Pinot Noir, River Road Cuvee, Santa Lucia Highlands -photo grapelive

2018 Joyce Wine Company, Pinot Noir, River Road Cuvee, Santa Lucia Highlands.
This super tasty new cuvee from Joyce Wine Company is a Pinot Noir barrel selection blend of special lots coming from mostly Tondre Grapefield and Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and looks set to be a tasting room only offering, which is a step up from the highly successful Monterey County regional blend Submarine Canyon and at a price point just below the single vineyard bottlings. A bit deeper in style with a dark garnet/ruby hue in the glass and with expressive fruit intensity and with a crunchy array of mineral, earth and spice to satisfy the medium bodied palate that fleshes out with air. The nose starts with brambles, truffle and wilted roses with hint of blackberry and underbrush leading to a layered and smooth mouth adding black cherry, plum and cranberry fruits, a touch of loam, blood orange tea and nutmeg. These 2018 vintage wines from Joyce are all excellent, especially the Pinots, like this one, but also be sure to keep an eye out for Russell Joyce’s special Small Lot Collection series too, his old vine Grenache & Grenache-Syrah bottlings are off the charts, more on them soon, this is a killer vintage from this Monterey winery.

Made with a gentle touch and only neutral French Burgundy sized barriques, Russell and his team are going for a sense of place and a purity of form, and succeeding in capturing the SLH and the vintage. 2018 was a long and mostly cool year that allowed a less frenzied approach and no compromises with picking and or winemaking, this is a stellar vintage to explore the Central Coast wines, from top to bottom the wines really excel and Joyce has a stunning set from which to choose, including this one. Comparing it to Burgundy, you’d say this was like a Lieu-Dit or a cuvee exceptional that performs better than a straight village or basic Bougogne. Crafted with partial whole-cluster, giving a briar kick and lifting the aromatics and traditional hand punch downs for good extraction, the River Road has a complex flavor dimension and looks set to get even better with some more bottle age, it is also flexible and interesting with different cuisine options from blackened salmon, pork dishes and roast poultry to a filet of beef. This one will definitely intrigue and evolve over the next 3 to 5 years, it is to the Santa Lucia Highlands, as Anthill Farms is with their (Anderson Valley) regional bottling is to Anderson Valley, a solid and authentic SLH Pinot and a nice addition to the Joyce lineup.
($35 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 23, 2019

2017 Antoine-Marie Arena,Vermentinu, Patrimonio Blanc, Hauts de Carco, Corsica, France -photo grapelive

2017 Antoine-Marie Arena,Vermentinu, Patrimonio Blanc, Hauts de Carco, Corsica, France.
One of the world’s most interesting and geeky versions of Vermientino is the Arena Hauts de Carco, it is an all organic grown wine of Vermentinu (the local name) from the estate’s steepest and rockiest vineyard set on a mix limestone, chalk and clay soils. The northern side of Corsica sees more limestone than the southern part with its granite based soils and the wines here are striking for their class and depth that rivals much more prodigious regions of the mainland, especially these Arena bottlings, like this Hauts de Carco that delivers a steeliness almost Chablis character, which are some of the Island’s most rare and intriguing. Antoine-Marie recently got his own parcels, when the family split the estate, allowing this talented young winemaker to get his start with some fabulous material to show off his skills with. Interestingly, and according to his importer Kermit Lynch, Antoine-Marie refers to Vermentinu as Malvasia on his labels as this was the original name in Corsica for this grape variety, though it is not the same as true Malvasia, a story I’ve never heard before. Arena’s new set is on par with Corisica’s elite winemakers such as Yves Canarelli, Yves Leccia and Comte Abbatucci, all makers of outrageously good stuff from this remote and prideful place.

Vermentinu/Vermentino is also known as Rolle, and it has become the main white grape on Corsica and the terroir here produce some of the best examples in the world. This Hauts de Carco was fermented and aged in stainless steel with native yeasts and shows incredible purity, but thrills on the medium bodied palate with a great combination of acidity and texture with lemon/lime, peach and apple fruits along with crunchy mineral and chalky stony elements as well as a hint of white flowers, snappy herb and lees notes. This 2017 is truly exceptional stuff and will continue to impress for a few years, plus it’s magic with food, everything from creamy/tangy goats milk cheese to clams in broth as well as sushi. Arena does many small batch bottings and they are extremely rare and have an almost cult like following, it is hard for Kermit Lynch to keep up with allocation requests, but these are wines to search out, especially this one, as well as their skin contact version, their Blanco Gentile, a native only varietal that has gained attention in recent years, plus the reds made from Niellucciu (Sangiovese) along with local grapes Morescone and Carcagholu Nero. It was great to taste the latest from Antoine-Marie, who is carrying on his family’s traditions and taking the wines to the next level, after years of following this domaine I am more excited than ever to see what’s next here!
($46 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 22, 2019

2016 Clos Canarelli, Corse Figari Rouge, Corsica, France -photo grapelive

2016 Clos Canarelli, Corse Figari Rouge, Corsica, France.
The powerful and sophisticated Corse Figari Rouge by the talented Yves Canarelli at Clos Canarelli is a unique blend of 80% Niellucciu, 15% Syrah and 5% Sciaccarellu, with Niellucciu being an ancient Etruscan clone of Sangiovese and Sciaccarellu being also Etruscan brought to the Island ages ago and is the same varietal as Mammolo a lesser known Chianti red grape that is almost extinct in Tuscany.
This 2016 vintage is wonderfully complex, layered and deep with a very dark garnet/crimson color and with a serious tannin backbone that serves this wine well acting as a natural balancing spine that holds the warm ripeness of the fruit in check, making this a wine that has tremendous aging potential as well as being a gripping young wine that becomes much more pleasing with decanting and or air. Dark fruits and spice lead the way on the full bodied palate with complex flavors unfolding with every sip, the Corse Figari Rouge gives up blackberry, brandied cherry, plum and mulberry fruits along with hints of cigar/tobacco, wild herb, cedar and minty notes as well as lingering blueberry, smoke/embers and cinnamon spice.

Clos Canarelli, originally founded in 1968, is an all organic and certified biodynamic estate in the remote village of Tarabucetta, on the outskirts of Figari on the southern tip of Corsica, is one of the Island’s most iconic wineries, crafting white, pink and red wines. According to Canarelli’s importer, the famous Kermit Lynch, who was one of the first to recognize the greatness on Corsica, Yves’s choice to convert the domaine to biodynamic viticulture has has given his wines an unusual freshness, complexity, and aromatic intensity that others in Figari have been unable to achieve. Kermit adds, In the cellar, Yves only uses indigenous yeasts, and prefers slow, deliberate, precise fermentations, and leaves his reds unfiltered. With this Corse Figari Rouge being 100% de-stemmed and fermented using large foudres with gentle hand punchdowns daily then aged up to 18 months. This wine is a great alternative to Tuscan reds, Bordeaux and or Rioja, it certainly out performs many such wines in its price class if not much higher!
($45 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive