Whereas Fredric Koeppel of Bigger Than Your Head pulls out his old wine notes and chronicles his early years as a wine writer. I love his recent post about a 1984 Champagne and sparkling wine tasting. I’m also aswoon over those labels!!! Thanks Fredric for an enlightening and delightful post!
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Arnaldo Caprai 2009 Montefalco Rosso
Umbria, Italy $12.99
A beautiful and modern Umbrian red. 70% Sangiovese with equal parts Merlot and Sagrantino in the blend.
Borgo Scopeto 2010 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy $12.99
A classy leather-bound Sangiovese with crisp red fruit and finely grained tannins.
Vina Marquis 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, Chile $12.99
Awesome Cabernet that goes to show that I am right about this valley: best value for high-quality Cabernet in the world. Don’t believe me? Bah humbug, more for me.
Domaine La Brune 2012 Beaumes de Venise
Rhone Valley, France $15.99
If you know a little about wine, then you know that BdV is a wine region in France that makes sweet white wines. If you know a lot about wine, then you know it’s also a tiny hill that also makes some kick-ass reds. This is the latter, and really rare to see in this country.
Domaine Francois Millet 2012 Empreinte Sancerre
Loire Valley, France $16.99
Very classy Sauvignon blanc with clean mineral and melon notes. The great wine for raw oysters or Spaghetti alle Vongole.
Villa Mora 2007 Sagrantino di Montefalco
Umbria, Italy $17.99
The best deal in Italian wine I have ever seen. I didn’t report on this at first because I needed to pick up a few cases for the school. Yeah, sometimes I can be selfish. It’s impossibly rare to find a bottle of Sagrantino under $30, and never one this good.
Jermann 2012 Pinot Grigio
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy $19.99
If you like soft and easy Pinot Grigio, then you may not like this one. Then again, if you like soft and easy, why are you reading my newsletter? I have nothing for you!
Clarendon Hills 2006 Grenache, Hickinbotham Vineyard
McLaren Vale, Australia $34.99
If you don’t know this producer, you should. One of the great wineries in the world, especially for their Grenache. Pick this up, as the price is way below retail in the PLCB shops.
Travaglini 2006 Tre Vigne Gattinara
Piedmonte, Italy $28.99
This is a great Nebbiolo, better than most Barolo in the same price range. Interestingly enough, their regular bottle is the same price as this one, which is far more interesting and complex.