Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 11, 2019

2016 Saint Cosme, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France -photo grapelive

2016 Saint Cosme, Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhone, France.
The gorgeous and stylish Saint-Cosme 2016 Cote-Rotie is a luxurious vintage and opulent version with a textural grace and inner force that reminds you this is a wine that needs to be taken seriously. Barruol is a huge fan of the ancient local clone of Syrah and his Cote-Rotie is 100% Serine (Syrah) grown on pure Schist in the Le Plomb, Besset, la Viaillère and Neve Lieu-Dit vineyards. This vintage is spectular for the Northern Rhone, especially Cote-Rotie offering both ripe flavors and lifting acidity, these are powerful and dense wines, but with excellent balance, finesse and length. Saint-Cosme’s spent twelve months aging, with 40% in new casks and the remaining 60% in casks used one time which seems pretty lavish at first, but when the wine opens it all folds together to near perfection. Helping absorb the new oak is the vintage’s fullness and nice acidity with Barruol using 100% whole cluster fermentation, which is why this wine excites the palate and has intriguing complexity and a background of savory spices to go with that thick black and blue fruit.

This 2016 Louis Barruol Saint Cosme Cote-Rotie has everything you’d expect and want, especially for the price this is outrageously good stuff, maybe a sleeper in a vintage full of great wines from the region, but one that should not be missed, and a wine that will only get better with time. While known for his famed Gigondas in the Southern Rhone, Barruol has a gift for these Northern Rhone Syrah based wines and this Cote-Rotie is prove positive of that remarkable talent with it showing classic detail, restraint and heavenly length in a medium bodied beauty that is full of black fruit, spice, cured meat and toasty oak notes, like a baby Guigal La La. Layers of boysenberry, damson plum, black cherry and blueberry fruit forms a core here along with a touch of graphite, creme de cassis, peppercorns, elegant violets, mineral tones, vanilla and anise, that all come together in a seamless and magnificent symphony of flavors. Things should get even better and more interesting over the next 5 to 10 years, even better is news that in case you missed this 2016 the 2017 looks to be as good if not even better, if you’ve not discovered Saint Cosme’s negociant wines, now is the perfect time, especially his Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Cote-Rotie bottlings.
($55 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 10, 2019

2015 Chateau Le Puy, Emilien, Red Bordeaux, Francs Cotes de Bordeaux, France -photo grapelive

2015 Chateau Le Puy, Emilien, Red Bordeaux, Francs Cotes de Bordeaux, France.
Chateau Le Puy, an estate made terroir driven and natural/organic wine is crafted by Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son, Pascal, who oversee the vineyards and the cellar here. The Chateau’s vineyards are situated on the same plateau as Saint Emilion and Pomerol and sits on the second highest point in the Gironde at 110 meters above sea level (approximately 350 feet) with clay, silex and limestone soils. Their vines, mostly as expected are Merlot, at 85%o f the area, but also planted to a number of other red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Cabernet Franc (7%) along with a touch of Malbec and Carmenère along with a plot of Semillon for the Chateau’s white wine. Both of the Grand Vin reds, the Barthelemy and this Emilien are blends that include a breakdown of all the estate red grapes in roughly the same percentage as grown on the estate. The Chateau Le Puy, 100% certified biodynamic, Emilien is from 50 year old vines, all hand tended and harvested without any chemicals, only holistic/natural treatments and the wine is fermented using only native yeasts and with no SO2 during the ferments.

The beautifully detailed and medium bodied 2015 Emilien feels ripe and complex on the palate and it’s quite dark and intense with a good sense of place transmitted in the profile. Raised for 24 months in mostly used barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered the Emilien is much less flashy and generic than most Saint-Emilion or Pomerols, which are tasting very similar and over polished, while this wine has it’s own style and character, and while mostly Merlot, it has impact that is more structured than you’d expect. Layers of mulberry, black cherry, plum and currant fruit is accented by mineral, chalky stone, dark flowers, cedar and light herbal notes adding a hint of cigar wrap and loamy earth and mure.

The 2015 is more forward and generous than 2011, 2012 and 2014, but still with good acidity and balance, showing the warmer vintage in its best light, allowing the more concentration and density to show, as well as the higher elevation that delivers the vitality in this pure and focused Bordeaux. While there is going to be fast and furious, almost panicked buying of 2016 Bordeaux, wines like this Le Puy shows there’s a lot to admire from these 2015’s and they will end up stunning values as well as sleepers in the cellar, this one should drink exceptionally well for the next decade plus.
($50 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the day March 9, 2019

2014 Tofanelli Family Vineyard, Grenache, Napa Valley -photo grapelive

2014 Tofanelli Family Vineyard, Grenache, Napa Valley.
Vincent Tofanelli, known for his Zin and Charbono grown on his estate vineyard also does a great Grenache and this 2014 is packed with dense fruit and layered with rich detail, though still shaded by the barrel influence it shows huge potential and it reminds me somewhat of Ridge’s Lytton Grenache. Tofanelli’s reputation goes back quite a ways, but his grapes found their way into the famed Turley Cellars wines in the nineties and suddenly their were legions of fans for the rare Charbono and Zinfandel from the Tofanelli Vineyard. The Tofanelli Family Vineyard is near the town of Casitoga in the warmer north valley, the estate mostly as mentioned known for Zin also grows a tiny amount of Semillon, Sauvignon Musqué, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Mondeuse Noir and Cinsault and this Grenache Noir from some old and gnarled vines hearken back to another era.

Tofanelli, who’s hands are featured on the Orin Swift Papillon label, is an old school grower using methods that were once prevalent throughout the Napa Valley including farming with no irrigation, as the winey says, not even a drip line to be seen, and with an organic philosophy, they never use pesticides and never have, completely committed to the nature of the place. Guided by his Italian roots and heritage, Tofanelli says his goal as winemaker is to bring a little restraint to the ‘table’ – to give you wines that not only taste good now but will complement your meals and age gracefully, a while he captures highly concentrated and ripe Napa flavors in his wines he is influenced by the old world, even though this youthful Grenache is deep and very fruit forward, but not overly so.

The 2014 Tofanelli Grenache, of which there was only 85 cases made, was grown on Bale Series gravelly loam, with head trained vines and all from estate grapes was 80% Grenache, 10% Estate Petite Sirah/Peloursin, 8% Charbono, 1.5% Estate Mondeuse Noir and about 0.5% Cinsault in the final blend and was close to 50% whole cluster with a 4 day cold soak and was punched down twice a day until it was racked into 100% used French barrels for 18 months before bottling. I would have thought it had a small percentage of new oak from its profile, though as noted its depth, density and richness is still in a baby fat stage and I imagine it growing into a beauty given proper cellaring, though Zin fans will find it compelling now and there’s a lot to love here as it is.

This opulent Grenache based (California/Rhone hybrid style) red, which came in at 14.6% natural alcohol, shows a dark garnet/crimson hue in the glass and the full bodied palate delivers raspberry jam, plum, strawberry, sweet black cherry and pomegranate fruit, black licorice, cedar, mocha and a mix of spices along with light floral tones, backed earth and lingering cassis. If you can’t wait, like me, it is best to have this Tofanelli Grenache with robust cuisine, hard cheeses and or BBQ, and I look forward to re-visiting this one in about 5 or so years.
($40 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 8, 2019

2011 Domaine William Fevre, Chablis Grand Cru, Bougros, White Burgundy, France -photo grapelive

2011 Domaine William Fevre, Chablis Grand Cru, Bougros, White Burgundy, France.
There are wines that always light up the faces around a table of wine lovers, Grand Cru Chablis is one of them, especially those made by Raveneau, Dauvissat and William Fevre, like this beautiful 2011 from the Bougros cru. One of the seven Grand Cru sites, Bougros, is one that sometimes flies under the radar, with Les Clos and Valmur usually getting more attention, but it can outperform those legends in certain vintages and William Fevre’s is one of the best and most elegant versions. Set within the fabled amphitheater above the village of Chablis and on the Jurassic era soils of this unique Burgundy terroir, Bougros is laced with tiny oyster fossils, marl and Kimmeridgean limestone that gives these wines their amazing mineral and stony essence. Bougros sits to the northwest, just below Les Preuses and is the bookend to Les Clos to the southeast, it’s mostly southern exposure allows near perfect ripening, and make Bougros one of the richer wines of the region, while retaining vital acidity, these are racy wines that fill out on the palate, and I’ve noticed, can do well even in more difficult or less heralded vintages, and that is certainly the case here with this 2011.

The wonderfully rounded 2011 Bougros Grand Cru by Domaine William Fevre is a remarkably textural white with a a creamy mouth feel, but don’t let that form your opinion that this doesn’t have the classic flinty hallmarks, because it does and has plenty verve and vitality that makes this wine standout. It starts with hints of white flowers and citrus before that chalky intensity takes over with subtle fruit layers of lemon, green apple, a hint of honeyed peach along with steely notes as well as a faint trace of wood, wet rock and a crisp saline finish. The palate expands with air, becoming a truly regal and noble Chardonnay in the glass, this 2011 Bougros is poised and impressive from start to finish, it is a glorious treat and kind of a sleeper in the marketplace, where is offers a great value in its class and should drink well for another 3 to 5 years at least.
($70 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 7, 2019

2012 Bonny Doon Vineyard, Le Cigare Volant, Rhone Style Red Blend, California -photo grapelive

2012 Bonny Doon Vineyard, Le Cigare Volant, Rhone Style Red Blend, California.
The gorgeous drinking 2012 Le Cigare Volant is dark Rhone style blend that leans heavily on Mourvedre , as do many of the later versions of Randal Grahm’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape inspired Cigare. This vintage, coming all from mostly central coast fruit sources ended up being 39% Mourvèdre, 33 % Grenache, 26% Syrah and 2% Cinsault, with a vast array of vineyards including 33% Del Barba, 18% Bien Nacido, 17% Alta Loma, 11% Ventana, 7% Rancho Solo, 6% Enea, 5% Alamo Creek, 2% Woock and 1% Spanish Springs. The mainly 100 year old vine sourced Mourvedre, along with the Bien Nacido Syrah really give a dark and blue fruited personality in this 2012 Le Cigare Volant, while the Grenache adds a juicy silken quality that is impossible to resist, especially here in this vintage. The winemaking, which is led by the quality of the grapes, which Randall tries to get organically, is clean, gentile and inspired with native yeasts and some whole cluster fermentation with a combination of tank and barrels used in the aging process that can include the addition of oak chips, which at first seems odd, but is more about not having too much French oak influence, rather than more.

I recently got a set, a vertical collection of the Boony Doon Le Cigare Volant and have been exploring this iconic California wine, trying without prejudice to see where it sits in the rejuvenated California Rhone sector that is busting at the seams with amazing producers and wine choices. So far I must say, Randall’s efforts have been impressive and the Cigare has more than held its own against serious competition, where it lacks is not its quality and performance, but that it is not a single terroir expression and in the market place, where it is commonly snubbed and misunderstood. That said, it drinks well and consistently out performs more expensive offerings, with this 2012 starting to reach its potential, while still youthfully fresh giving vinous mouth feel and layering.

The 2012 Le Cigare Volant red starts with a slight hint of reduction that reminds me a bit of a Burgundy, but quickly opens to a cascade of blue and black fruits, brambly spices and delivers a textural hedonism on the full bodied palate. This is a wine that has many facets, with the complex lift and spice of stems, but one that flows seamlessly and has an opulent sense without being heavy, it is a wonderfully focused and balanced wine. The details include a subtle floral note and mocha note to go along with a core of flavors, blackberry, boysenberry, creme de cassis, candied cherry, plum and pomegranate that unfold in a polished fashion along with a touch of briar, raw meat, smoke, grilled fennel, orange rind and light vanilla. This lengthy and polished wine has a charm all its own and should drink well for another 5 to 10 years, best enjoyed with more robust cuisine.
($45 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 6, 2019

2018 La Marea, Albariño, Kristy Vineyard, Monterey County -photo grapelive

2018 La Marea, Albariño, Kristy Vineyard, Monterey County.
Ian Brand’s La Marea Albariño is one of the most serious wines of his portfolio and a real sleeper in his set of wines, especially in the last two vintages where it has seen a unique skin contact portion in the final blend and a touch of lees that makes it come across more Loire Valley like, picking up almost Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume like character that is out of this world, while retaining Albarino’s natural appeal, charm and personality. Layers of citrus lead the way with lemon/lime, green melon, unripe/bitter apple, gooseberry-sort of “hello kitty” and racy peach fruits combine with saline, wet rock, a touch of herb and almond oil. All of which make this dry white wonderfully mouth watering and tartly fresh, it is as mentioned quite serious and fantastic with sea food, one of Albarino’s classic hallmarks making it a great version of this Galician grape, who’s spiritual home is in the Rías Baixas region of Spain.

The Kristy Vineyard, with vines grown on the western bench above the Salinas River is set on broken sediment of the region’s ancient sea beds that influences the local soils, and it is kept cool being that it is fully exposed to constant blast of winds off the Monterey Bay. Kristy, as Brand notes, is special because Albariño in the vineyard reaches full phenological ripeness, allowing for full flavor development and complexity, at low potential alcohol and it bristles with bright natural acidity. Ian picked this Kristy Albarino under 22 brix with vigorous acid intensity. Then he used 2/3’s whole cluster pressed as well as 1/3 destemmed, which was left on skins for two days, again adding complexity, depth and phenolics, including a touch of tannin. The skin contact portion of the blend was inoculated with a ‘pied de cuvée’ yeast culture harvested and allowed to start in the vine rows at the Kristy Vineyard and brought back to the cellar. Like Ian’s Rosé, the Albarino was cold fermented in stainless steel to preserve minerality, aromatics and freshness, as well as having the secondary fermentation is arrested, in other words, no malo, then it was aged on its lees four months to add a sense of textural form while staying severely crisp.

Albariño has become the new white grape darling in Monterey and it’s showing great potential here, especially Ian’s version which rivals some the better Rias Baixas estates, including some of favorites like Nanclares and Do Ferreiro. Ian Brand who is getting a lot of attention for his wines makes three distinct series of offerings, the Le P’Tit Paysan line of value wines that includes his fabulous dry Rosé, a Chateauneuf style blend, a Viognier, a stylish Cabernet and a gripping Petite Sirah, along with his signature line of I. Brand & Family wines with a pair of Cab Francs, the Old Vine Mourvedre, one of the best in California, the killer Monte Bello Road Cabernet Sauvignon and a new 100% Grenache bottling from Brosseau Vineyard as well as this La Marea line that highlights the state’s Spanish grapes and or influence, with this impressive Albarino offering being my favorite.
($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 5, 2019

2015 Pax, Grenache-Syrah “The Vicar” North Coast, California -photo grapelive

2015 Pax, Grenache-Syrah “The Vicar” North Coast, California.
The Vicar is Pax’s Grenache driven nod to the rustic wines of the southern Rhone Valley. It’s a sexy and seductive blend of excellent vineyard sites coming from the Russian River Valey and Mendocino County. It’s 60% Alder Springs Vineyard Grenache, 35% Castelli-Knight Ranch Grenache and 5% Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah, and all these vineyards are sustainably or organically farmed. Pax went 100% Whole-Cluster with spicy and savor stemmy notes adding complexity. Again with the Southern Rhone in mind this Vicar is aged in a combination of concrete vat/tank & 500L neutral French Oak Puncheons for 18 months, with absolutely new wood. This 2015 came in at 13.7% natural alcohol, making for a wine that feels more high elevation Gigondas rather than the high alcohol and riper modern Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the slightly higher tone gives a more balanced impression, while still having the Grenache density and hedonism.

This 2015 Pax Vicar with its co-fermented bit of Syrah, as Pax notes, helps give a dark spicy dark element, but really this wine is all about the wild side of Grenache. This vintage of the Vicar shows rich textural layers of red raspberry, plum and pomegranate along with a tangy/juicy kirsch note on the medium/full palate as well as a dark floral perfume, a touch of cedar, minty herb, lavender, faint roasted coffee bean and anise. Even though a warm year and ripe fruit, there is a remarkable sense of elegance and balance in the Vicar, and as much as I love Pax’s awesome Syrah wines, this wine has stolen my heart, Grenache freaks do not want to miss this one. At this moment Pax still some of this Vicar available, and also check out his carbonic Carignan from the Testa Vineyard, it’s so quaffable and fun, plus Pax’s stylish Chenin Blanc, so it’s a good time to check out this winery.
($40 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 4, 2019

2011 Paolo Bea, Pagliaro, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy -photo grapelive

2011 Paolo Bea, Pagliaro, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy.
The Paolo Bea wines are some of the most iconic in all of Italy, especially his natural expressions of Sagrantino, like this Pagliaro, from vines in Montefalco region, the estate has long had a presence in this beautiful hill top town in Umbria, and there’s a document that shows he Bea family has been here in this locality as early as 1500. Still a true working farm, Bea’s estate grows grapes, vegetables and olives for oil, with Paulo, now close to retirement, and his two sons, Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery, do everything with a respect for nature and traditions.

The vines here, as noted by Rosenthal, their importer, consists of 5 hectares, including Sagrantino, which is the predominant grape, covering 60% of the vineyard surface with the remaining 40% is planted to Sangiovese and Montepulciano, along with a small parcel planted to several white varieties. The vineyards are cultivated organically, all grapes are harvested manually, while in the cellar only native yeasts are used, with stainless ferments, with aging in old casks, and all wines are bottled without fining or filtration.

Bea’s stunning top wine, the Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro is crafted using only the fabled local grape of Montefalco (100% Sagrantino) and comes from the legendary Bea vines at the Pagliaro vineyard, which is situated at 1300 feet in altitude that ripens the highly tanninc Sagrantino to perfection making for stunning and age worthy wines of depth, power and complexity. The Pagliaro sees between 40 and 50 days on the skins and goes through primary, then is aged for one year in stainless steel, another two years in large Slavonian oak barrels and, finally, spends one more year in bottle before release.

The 2011 is earthy, dusty and raw, with layers of red fruits, spice, sweet herbs, dried flowers, light cedar and salted black licorice, showing plum, raspberry, currant and kirsch on the full bodied palate and lingers with saliva inducing tannins. This vintage is warm in character and delivers mouth filling density and while gripping it opens up nicely, fleshes out and is drinking beautifully, especially with rustic food choices, it is really a thrilling example of this grape and region.
($80 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 3, 2019

2017 I Vigneri di Salvo Foti, Etna Rosso DOC, Sicily, Italy -photo grapelive

2017 I Vigneri di Salvo Foti, Etna Rosso DOC, Sicily, Italy.
Known as the godfather of Mount Etna, Salvo Foti from Catania, is one of Italy’s most iconic vignerons, and who’s group I Vigneri is the keeper of traditions and committed to holistic grape growing, mostly with native varietals, on this majestic volcano, a focal point of Sicily and it’s wines. Foti crafts a tiny amount for his own label while being the Island’s hottest consultant and mentor, making wines for the likes of Gulfi, Benati and Biondi to name drop a few of his past and current clients, mostly using the indigenous Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio black grapes along with a smattering of Alicante (Grenache) and some almost unknown local grapes that have been here so long there isn’t any recorded names or enough vines to care about DNA testing! The farming is almost 100% organic and holistic with some elements of biodynamic principles, such as the ancient reverence to the lunar cycle.

The project called I Vigneri (that Foti started) takes its name from an association that existed in the Etna region way back in 1435, the historic Maestranzi dei Vigneri, which was a group group of vineyard workers that greatly influenced the wine culture of the Mount Etna and the success of the wines in those times. Today, I Vigneri is a partnership between Salvo Foti, other vine experts and local grape growers who bring their long experience, among these unique vines, to their work, both in the vineyard and the cellars, with the expressed purpose to make wines that show the inartistic soul of the place and highlight the harmony between man and nature, these are soulful and authentic wines with the spirits of the past and present being clearly transmitted into the bottle.

The Foti Etna Rosso comes from the northern side of the volcano, at almost 2,300 feet in elevation these are among the highest altitude vineyards in all of Europe, it has a completely different climate, much cooler in winter and with a huge change in day to night temperature with soils that are broken or decomposed lava stone of varying depth mixed with sand. According to Foti many of the vines have been rehabilitated old vineyards or terraced contradas, with some vines over 100 years-old, planted in high density at 10,000 plants per hectare in the old school head trained or albarello(goblet) system, the only system Salvo considers for producing great fruit under the special climatic conditions of Etna. These sites require lots of manual labor and the use of mules and horses, as no tractors can be employed here, but it is all worth it when you taste the wines, especially those of Foti, which have the magic and emotional taste response usually reserved for elite Burgundy wines.

The 2017 Salvo Foti Etna Rosso, surprisingly dark and generous, is wonderfully forward and almost juicy with racy cherry and wild plum fruits, mild tannins, beautifully silken on the medium bodied palate with an under current of red spices, mineral tones and floral notes adding fennel, flint and lingonberry as this Nerello Mascalese based red opens. There is a joyous youthful expressiveness now, but with time a fine structural side looks to be ready to take over, in the same way as a Nuits-Saint-Georges can do, plus a touch of the exotic presents itself with incense and Asian spice lingering on and on here, this is absolutely seductive.
($38 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 2, 2019

2013 Paolo Conterno, Barolo DOCG “Riva del Bric” Piedmonte, Italy -photo grapelive

2013 Paolo Conterno, Barolo DOCG “Riva del Bric” Piedmonte, Italy.
There is a lot to get excited about with the 2013 Barolo vintage, and this beautiful and forward example from Paolo Conterno is certainly an easy wine to love showcasing the years warmth, its generous ripe fruit, classical texture and solid structure make it plain to see why it is a vintage to stock up on. These are wines that can be cellared for a long time, but also can be enjoyed in their youth, and this Riva del Bric Barolo in particular proving the point very well. The 2013 Paolo Conterno Riva del Bric comes from slightly younger vines, but in the best exposures of the glorious Ginestra Cru, making the Riva Del Bric one of the best values to be found in Barolo, especially so in a year like 2013. It shows depth and detail with Nebbiolo purity giving black cherry, damson plum and strawberry fruits, a hint of violets, earth tones, a whiff of volatile acidity, anise/fennel and spicy cedar. This is full bodied stuff and while opulent, still has old school charm and terroir.

The grapes were hand harvested well into October and saw almost three weeks of maceration, with primary fermentation in tank before aging for close to 36 months in large French Oak casks. The resulting wine sits nicely between modern and ultra traditional given hints of both, kind of like the best of both worlds.

One of Piedmonte’s most famous names, Conterno lends itself to many historic estates and figures in the region, one being the firm of Paolo Conterno, which was founded back in 1886, when Paolo Conterno founded the Casa della Ginestra, dedicated to the production of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto wines. Today the company is managed by Giorgio Conterno who continues the family tradition of making exceptional wines, especially his Barolo offerings. The Paolo Conterno wines are formed by the legendary Cru of Ginestra in the Monforte d’Alba zone, it is one the finest vineyards in the entire Barolo appellation. Its relatively high elevation of 300-350 meters above sea level combine with the dense, clay-heavy Helvetian soil to create masterpiece wines with dark colors, brooding tannins and incredible aromatics.

The wines of this estate have always been admired, but took a dramatic upturn when one of Domenico Clerico’s most talented, as importer Marc de Grazia notes, disciples, Massimo Conterno (no relation), moved to the cellar at Paolo Conterno in 2004 to give Giorgio Conterno a hand in winemaking, raising the game and putting this label into elite company.

While less in need of cellaring like the monumental 2010, the 2013 offers the same thrilling profile, being more explosive in nature than the lighter and less expressive, but fruity and drinkable 2011 and 2012’s, it reminds a little of 1997 and 2007 in style. This Riva del Bric is confident and compelling in the glass, you will not be disappointed in it’s performance, it should drink impressively for another decade if not longer and for the price it is an excellent choice to open now, guilt free. This garnet hued Nebbiolo is sturdy stuff and is best with robust cuisine and decanting should be employed to get it open, an hour makes a world of difference.
($45 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive