Wine of the Day November 2, 2013

2012SamSaraPNSRH2012 Samsara, Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills.
Chad Melville’s Samsara wines are all super examples of artisan winemaking and are just plain super, if you’ve not had any, you should very soon, especially this delicious new 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot, which is all ready drinking fantastic. This whole cluster fermented Pinot offers up a floral and exotic bouquet on the perfumed nose and the palate explodes with pomegranate, red cherry, plum, strawberry and wild berry along with red tea, lavender and cinnamon stick giving a almost savory spicy kick here, plus a long lush finish. This wine should settle in and become silky smooth over the next few years, but the drive and youthfulness are appealing now, I love the interesting character and vibrancy this wine has, this is going to be a vintage to stock up on, watch out, Pinot from 2012 are going to be mind-blowing, and this one is a great way to kick off your collection. I adore the Samsara Syrah line too, with Chad’s Melville making a huge impression, but I keep coming back to his Pinots, and this entry level 2012 is a killer deal.
($30 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

 

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Wine of the Day November 1, 2013

2012LabetMetis2012 Julien Labet, Metis, Poulsard-Pinot-Trousseau, Jura Red, France.
This pale and delicate red from the Jura is an intriguing blend of Poulsard, Pinot Noir and Trousseau, made by Julien Labet in an all natural fashion. I’ve been following Labet’s artisan wines over the last few years and really enjoy them, not all are as polished or successful as this wine, in fact this might be his best red to date under his wines by Julien label. The 2012 Metis starts with dried flowers and wild herbs on the nose along with hints of tea and pepper before leading to a light palate of cherry, strawberry, currant and plum fruits with savory elements, blueberry skin, hints of red apple, minty anise and saline seashore notes. Everyone of Labet’s wines are like an original painting and almost as rare, these unique wines are never the same and do tend to vary a bit bottle to bottle, but they are worth checking out and especially if you are a total wine geek. Julien Labet is imported by Charles Neal Selections, a great small book of handcrafted wines and spirits.
($30 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive